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Oral history interview with Donald Dean

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0126.9 | RG Number: RG-50.156.0009

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    Oral history interview with Donald Dean


    Interview Summary
    Donald J. Dean, born in 1911 in Ashby, Minnesota, describes finishing high school and moving to Minneapolis, MN in 1929; sailing to Scotland on the Queen Mary in 1944 as warrant officer in the US Army; seeing Churchill on the ship during the voyage; going to France; participating in the Battle of the Bulge; his battalion being in charge of ammunition and his job handling replacement parts with Bennett Gordon (a Jewish soldier from Des Moines, IA); going close to Dusseldorf, Germany and going to Linz, Austria; hearing of a camp nearby and driving to it with Bennett Gordon; the physical condition of the surviving inmates; being led around the camp by a Russian survivor; his commanding officer issuing a proclamation that the civilians in Mauthausen and Gusen would work in the camp to dispose of the bodies; the revenge taken on the camp guards by the camp survivors; the Nazi’s filing system at the camp; taking pictures of the camp; his Jewish friends in the army; hearing stories from the surviving camp inmates; being in the camp for one day; a Jewish friend of his who survived a concentration camp and settled in Minneapolis; returning to Europe to commemorate D-Day; sharing his experiences with his kids; and living in Willmar, MN.
    Donald J. Dean
    Rhoda G. Lewin
    interview:  1987 January 26

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (90 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Dean, Donald, 1911-

    Administrative Notes

    The interview with Donald Dean was conducted by Rhoda G. Lewin on January 26, 1987, as part of a Holocaust oral history project sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, Anti-Defamation League of Minnesota and the Dakotas. The interview was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in October 1992.
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