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Oral history interview with Edmund Motzko

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.264.20 | RG Number: RG-50.234.0020

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Edmund Motzko, born on August 17, 1920 in Minnesota, discusses serving as a corporal in the 102nd Infantry Division during WWII; arriving in Gardelegen, Germany with his battalion on April 14, 1945 and finding the 1,016 prisoners who had been massacred; his reaction to this atrocity; his impressions of the SS; being assigned to guard the survivors of the Gardelegen Massacre, including a Hungarian Jew, Bondo Gaza, who was a musician and served as an interpreter for the Americans; how Gaza escaped from the massacre; making the German civilians in Gardelegen see the massacre and retrieve bodies to bury properly; a memorial that was erected in the town for the 102nd Division; the lack of children in Germany; his thoughts on the Holocaust; the absence of the Gardelegen Massacre in newspapers; and being proud to live in the United States.

Interviewee
Edmund Motzko
Date
1981 October  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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