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Oral history interview with Werner Becker

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1257.3 | RG Number: RG-50.322.0003

Werner Joe Becker, born in 1915 in Webel, Germany (possibly Webelsfelde in Mühlen Eichsen), discusses his parents who came from West Prussia; his brother and sister; his father’s clothing store and his good relations with non-Jewish customers; learning French, English, and Latin in high school; moving to France in 1933 with a friend and staying in Nancy for a year; moving to Dijon, France and attending a university; not being allowed to work in France; joining the Foreign Legion on November 27, 1939; being sent to North Africa; leaving the Foreign Legion in 1940; living in Oran, Algeria; being placed under the “Companies of Foreign Workers” for which he was not paid; doing roadwork; the Allied landings in North Africa; joining the Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (REME), and working on military trucks; going to Italy and doing the same work for REME; being released from the British Army; moving to Rome; returning to France before immigrating to the United States, where his brother have moved in 1936; living in Dayton, OH; getting married; having difficulty finding a job; and his work for the National Cash Register Company (NCR).


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Interviewee
Werner Becker
Date
interview:  1978 September 13
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (120 min.).
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:34:04
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