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Oral history interview with Manfred Gans

Oral History | Accession Number: 2004.563 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0489

Manfred Gans was born in 1922 in Borken, Germany and discusses his experiences as an Orthodox Jew in Germany; his immigration to England to continue his schooling; his internment on the Isle of Man as an enemy alien; joining the British Army in an elite commando unit consisting of European refugees; his unit's landing at Normandy and participation in the D-Day invasion; serving as a battlefield intelligence operative as the British Army advanced from the Normandy beaches into Germany; his discovery that his parents might be alive in Theresienstadt; his experiences traveling by jeep across unconquered territory to Theresienstadt two days after it was liberated by the Russians; his emotional reunion with his parents; his help in the release and resettlement of Jews, including his parents, to the Netherlands; his work as a guard in a prisoner camp for high-ranking Nazis and Gestapo members; becoming one of the three officers running the town of Gladbeck, Germany; becoming deputy commander of an intelligence section of a prisoner camp for high-ranking Nazis, located in Sennelager; and his interrogation of some of the prisoners in preparation for the Nuremberg trials.

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Manfred Gans
Amy Rubin
interview:  2004 November 11
Oral histories.
5 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:36:40
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