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Oral history interview with Hans-Georg Borck

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.30 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0030

Hans-Georg Borck, born in 1921 in Germany, describes his family background; his membership in the Scharnhorst-Jugend in 1931, which became integrated with the Hitler Youth in 1937; results of the Reichskristallnacht, including the broken windows of the local synagogue; joining the military as a pioneer; taking part in the first attack on the Soviet Union in 1941; the death of a lieutenant from a partisan; good contacts with civilians in occupied countries; helping villagers repair damage to their homes; his time in a school for pioneers and his promotion; receiving decorations for the risky destruction of two Russian armors; becoming an adjutant of the commander; disliking this job and becoming sick; recovering at home for six weeks; becoming a company commander and leading a troop of older and more experienced soldiers; receiving a severe injury in 1943 and spending a year in military hospitals; hearing about Jews in concentration camps, particularly in Dachau; being posted in an educational training camp in Silesia where he stayed until March of 1945; a special assignment that resulted in his surrender to American forces in Arolsen, Germany; his release in September 1945; and his life after the war.

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Hans-Georg Borck
Rosalyn Manowitz
interview:  2004 February 07
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:36
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