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Oral history interview with Richard Darr

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0126.8 | RG Number: RG-50.156.0008

Professor Richard Darr describes being a sergeant and infantry squad leader in the 65th Infantry Division, 260th Infantry Regiment; going into the service on September 2, 1942 and discharged on April 4, 1946; landing in Le Havre, France and going to Holland, Luxembourg, Germany and Austria; experiencing hostilities in Linz, Austria; seeing combat in Metz, France in March 1945; going east and seeing German prisoners; participating in the liberation of Mauthausen concentration camp; the behavior and condition of the surviving concentration inmates; the layout of the camp; only being at the camp for a day; being on a three-man economic advisory team for General Clay in Frankfurt, Germany; being transferred and being the Deputy Military Governor of Kreiss Viblingen; serving as Military Governor of County Vachnon, where there was a small Jewish displaced persons camp; his title changing to “Resident Officer” in 1949; the choice to wear civilian clothes as part of re-educating the German populace; the politics in the area and the difficulty of allocating space for displaced persons; going to the Nuremburg trials in 1949; and receiving recognition by the United States Holocaust Memorial Council for his service.

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Richard Darr
Rhoda G. Lewin
interview:  1984 June 13
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:18:18
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