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Oral history interview with Herbert Schroder

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.14 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0014

Herber Schroder, born in 1923 in Hohengorsdorf, Germany, describes his family background; his membership in the Hitler Youth; joining the SS in 1941 as a member of a fighting unit of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler; his infantry training in Berlin and training as a motorist in Sennelager; his stationing in France in 1942; his stationing in Kharkov, Ukraine in January 1943; gathering women for forced labor in Germany; disarmament in Italy in July 1943; fighting Yugoslavian partisan groups and Soviet soldiers in October 1943; members of his unit giving their lives to rescue Wehrmacht soldiers; stationing in Belgium in 1944; fighting against American soldiers at Caen, France in 1944; fighting in Hungary; his war injury and time in a military hospital in Dresden, Germany; surviving the bombing of Dresden; his attempt to find the SS administration outside of Dresden so that he could return to his unit; traveling to Berlin and visiting his parents; arriving at his unit in Hungary; his arrest at the river Enz; his imprisonment in the former concentration camp of Ebensee by American soldiers; conditions of the camp; his transfer to Mittenwald, and then Grafenwohr in the winter of 1945; his release in 1945; and his life after the war.

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Herbert Schroder
Bettina Volter
interview:  1999 February 13
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:36
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