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Oral history interview with Edward Levant

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1990.8.18 | RG Number: RG-50.063.0018

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    Oral history interview with Edward Levant


    Interview Summary
    Edward Levant, born in June of 1915 in Pittsburgh, PA, describes his Russian father and Austria-Hungarian mother parents, who came to the United States in 1910; how his family was Jewish but they were not very religious; experiencing antisemitism when his family lived in Ambler, PA; graduating from dental school in 1939; seeing the changes in Europe and the migration of Jews to the U.S.; joining the army and being placed on limited service because of his eyesight; being sent to Carlisle Barracks near Harrisburg for a "basic training" program for medical personnel; going to Liverpool, England on the S.S. America; going to Le Havre, France; landing in Normandy, France on D-Day with the 474th anti-automatic weapons; going to Verviers, Belgium via box car in December 1944 and the retreat of his unit after encountering a German offensive; how his unit was at the Ludendorff-Brücke in Remagen, Germany; going to Nordhausen, Germany; going to Dora concentration camp; conditions in the camp and speaking to the inmates; how his commanding officer wanted German civilians to dig trenches in which the bodies could be buried; experiencing open and latent antisemitism within the army; continuing on to Mansfeld, Germany; being changed to another unit; returning to the U.S. in December 1945 as an independent replacement; the importance of sharing Holocaust stories; and his thoughts on Israel.
    Edward Levant
    interview:  1989 December 15

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Levant, Edward, 1915-

    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh conducted the interview with Edward Levant on December 15, 1989. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tape of the interview from the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh on June 17, 1991.
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