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Oral history interview with Richard Fimmel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.679 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0679
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The interview describes Mr. Fimmel's childhood, and his service in the United States Army as part of General Patton's liberating forces. Mr. Fimmel describes his experiences at and impressions of the concentration camp Gusen after the war. The interview includes descriptions of the conditions of the prisoners and information about an underground tunnel used by prisoners to travel from one factory camp to another. Mr. Fimmel discusses the administration of the war zones, the pursuit of escaped SS officers, and the capture and execution of some. He discusses meeting his wife, who was a displaced German woman, in 1946; their marriage, and his return to the United States. Mr. Fimmel describes the reaction of his family in the United States to learning about the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany and his impression that some family remember refused to believe that they occurred.

Interviewee
Richard Fimmel
Date
1994 November 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:22:10
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