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Oral history interview with Heinz Beck

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.29 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0029

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Heinz Beck, born in 1925 in Stuttgart, Germany, describes his family and childhood; his membership in the Jungvolk of the Hitler Youth; his time in the Reichsarbeitsdienst in Tannheim, Austria; his military assignment to the infantry in 1943; his deployment to Fontainbleau, France; his stationing in the Ukraine in 1944; the experiences of the average soldier; his promotion to the position of corporal; retreating on the Eastern Front; antisemitic speeches made by a sapper; witnessing the bombing of Dresden in August 1944; his realization that Germany would lose the war; the German withdrawal from the Soviet offensive in 1945; receiving a head wound and staying in a hospital in Berlin, Germany; leaving Berlin because he knew it would be attacked; being stationed in Marburg, Germany to defend villages; his capture and imprisonment by American soldiers; receiving help from a Jewish man; working as a plate washer in the American camp near Nuremberg, Germany; his release and journey home; and his life after the war.

Interviewee
Heinz Beck
Date
2004 May 13  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
4 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:47:57
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