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Oral history interview with Donald Dean

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

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.

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Dean, Donald J
Lewin, Rhoda G.
interview:  1987 January 26
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:45:45
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