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Oral history interview with Hugh Jenkins

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0412 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0059

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    Oral history interview with Hugh Jenkins


    Interview Summary
    Hugh Jenkins, born December 29, 1914 in Lester, England, describes being the youngest of eight siblings, whose father was a Welsh minister; working before World War II with Quakers and being a conscientious objector even before the war; moving to London, England in 1944 to take part in training at a Quaker institute; being sent to Antwerp, Belgium after the training to do relief work; going to Belsen, Germany on April 22, 1944, soon after the camp had been discovered and the horrific scene; the various response processes at the camp; setting up a hospital, known as the “new camp,” maintaining a first aid station, and finding food; eventually being sent to Poland to be in charge of another camp; how even now he has a sense of desolation in how war is used to settle problems; working as the overseas secretary for the British Friends Relief Service until 1948, when he went to Philadelphia, PA to work with the American Friends Service Committee; and being sent to Washington, DC to be the director of the Foreign Student Service Center.
    Hugh M. Jenkins
    Margaret Garrett
    interview:  1997 January 31

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Jenkins, Hugh, 1914-

    Administrative Notes

    Margaret Garrett, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch conducted this interview on January 31, 1997, in Washington, D.C. The interview was transferred to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on January , 31, 1997.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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