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Oral history interview with Reidar Dittman

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0126.10 | RG Number: RG-50.156.0010

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    Oral history interview with Reidar Dittman


    Interview Summary
    Dr. Reidar Dittmann, born in 1922 in Norway, describes his involvement in the resistance movement in Norway; his press activities and listening illegally to the radio; being raised Lutheran; being a clerk in a shipyard and making sure the work went slowly in order to undermine the German war effort; getting caught for his sabotage activities when a ship sank during its launch; demonstrating against the Germans in his hometown and being arrested twice before his final arrest in 1942; arriving in Buchenwald on November 29, 1942; meeting a German prisoner in the camp who had been there since 1933; life in the camp; the crematorium; his views of the Nazi reverence for authority and authority within Christianity; his thoughts on Germans; the lack of response from the United States during the first few years of the war; revisionist views and Holocaust denial; his liberation from the camp; believing he would die in the camp; being rounded up with the other Norwegian inmates and sent to Sweden; being in Stockholm for V-E Day; how the Swedish government orchestrated their release; and his thoughts on an event like the Holocaust occurring again.
    Reidar Dittmann
    Rhoda G. Lewin
    interview:  1983 November 03

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (90 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Dittmann, Reidar.

    Administrative Notes

    The interview with Reidar Dittman was conducted by Rhoda G. Lewin on November 3, 1983 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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