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Oral history interview with Wolfdieter Skottke

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.16 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0016

Wolfdieter Skottke, born in 1920 in Stettin, Germany (Szczecin, Poland), describes his family members and their political affiliations; joining the Jungvolk in 1930; attending the Berlin Olympic games in 1936; the burning of the synagogue in Stettin; his friendly relations with his Jewish neighbors; his enlistment into the Wehrmacht; moving to Dessau, Germany to attend a military school; being stationed in Africa; receiving military decorations; participating in the war in Crete, Greece; attending training in Dessau to become an officer; his participation in the invasion of France; being wounded while placing landmines; returning to his hometown in Germany where his mother cared for him; his promotion to first lieutenant in 1944; entering the Fuhrerrserve Zossen; passing by the concentration camp Sachsenhausen; his arranged marriage; his promotion to captain in 1945; his imprisonment by the United States Army in Stettin; his transfer to a camp in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany; denazification in Bremen, Germany in 1946; and his professional and family life after the war.

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Wolfdieter Skottke
Roswitha Breckner
interview:  1999 April 01
3 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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