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Oral history interview with Eduard Galonska

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.20 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0020

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Eduard Galonska, born in 1921 in Gleiwitz in Poland, describes his family background; his initial enthusiasm for national socialism; his membership in the Jungvolk (German Youth) until his induction into the army in 1940; his reasons for joining the military; his apprenticeship in a technical branch from 1937 to 1940; studying for one semester at an engineering school in Kattowitz, Poland; being deployed in 1941 as an anti-tank specialist; serving on the Eastern front, his unit advancing close to Moscow, Russia; being sent to a hospital in Breslau, Germany (Wroclaw, Poland) as a result of low body weight; his order to open a safe in a concentration camp where he worked quickly and did not notice anything about the circumstances of the camp; attaining the rank of cadet and then non-commissioned officer; being discharged at the end of the war and going to Harsum; and his life after the war.

Interviewee
Eduard Galonska
Date
2001 July 19  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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