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Oral history interview with Albert Miller

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.118 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0118

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    Oral history interview with Albert Miller


    Interview Summary
    Albert Miller describes being a sergeant in the 303rd Bomb Group, 358th Squadron of the US First Air Force, stationed in England in 1944; his missions in France; serving his 35th mission on November 21, 1944 as a radio operator gunman when his B17 bomber was shot down near Frankfurt, Germany; landing at Oberursel and facing rock-throwing civilians until German soldiers took him to a Luftwaffe prison for interrogation; refusing to divulge military information; enduring 11 days of solitary confinement then being taken with other prisoners of war in crowded passenger train compartments to Stalag Luft IV at Gross Tychow (now Tychowo, Poland); how as a non-commissioned officer, he did not have to work and could join classes, play ball, and write songs for theatricals; the meager camp diet, which was supplemented by Red Cross packages; being transported in January 1945 by freight train to Barth and the indignities of standing with over 50 men in a cattle car for four days and five nights; the various guards at Stalag 1, some of whom were friendly and others were vicious; POWs salvaging potato peelings from German officers’ garbage; receiving encouragement from BBC news, which they heard on hidden radios and from a Red Cross visit; being liberated by the Russians on May 1, 1945; observing the deteriorated condition of survivors emerging from a concentration camp nearby in Barth; leaving Stalag 1 on May 13; and returning to the United States on June 20, 1945 on the SS General Butner.
    Albert Miller
    interview:  1994 October 14
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Miller, Albert.

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Albert Miller in Philadelphia, Pa., on October 14, 1994. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College in August 2003.
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