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Oral history interview with Wolfgang Halang

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.17 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0017

Wolfgang Halang, born in 1925 in Leipzig, Germany, describes his family background and education; antisemitism in the classroom; the election of Hitler; the construction of the autobahns; the flight of Jewish families from Liepzig; the deportation of Jewish families, who were marched through the streets of Leipzig; anti-Jewish pogroms such as Kristallnacht; his entry into the Waffen SS in 1942; his time at a training camp in Debica, Poland; the concentration camp in Debica; his assignment to the Eastern Front with the SS Wiking Division in Ryszow to help rescue a surrounded army unit; his deployment to the area around Maslowitz, Czechoslovakia (Málovice, Czech Republic); being wounded and staying in a hospital in Warsaw, Poland; crimes committed by Soviet soldiers; fighting partisan units; fleeing Soviet forces to Bernburg, Germany; crossing illegally into the American occupation zone to escape the Soviets; his work as a truck driver for American occupation forces in Kassel, Germany from 1945 to 1947; his views on Russians and Eastern Europeans; his early misunderstanding that concentration camps were only for labor; and his life after the war, including his time in South Africa.

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Wolfgang Halang
Maria Nooke
interview:  1999 January 19
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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