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Oral history interview with Georg Diers

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.33 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0033

Georg Diers, born in 1921 in Wiefelstede, Germany, describes his family background and education; his membership in the Scharnhorst-Jugend, the youth organization of the Stahlhelm, later integrated into the Hitler Youth; volunteering for the Waffen-SS in 1939; his assigment to the Eastern Front in the Caucasus in 1941; being wounded near Grozny, Russia in September 1942 and staying in a military hospital in Vienna, Austria; returning to the front in Yugoslavia; his marriage in 1944; fighting at the Eastern Front against the Soviets, including the Soviet ring around Berlin, Germany; taking orders from Joseph Goebbles after the suicide of Hitler; assisting in the destruction of Hitler's body after his suicide; breaking through Soviet lines into the center of Berlin; disguising himself as a civilian and walking to the west; his imprisonment and sentence to death by Soviet authorities; joining another group of prisoners to go to a work camp; forced labor in Moscow, Russia; his return to Germany in 1949; and his life after the war.

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Georg Diers
Rosalyn Manowitz
interview:  2004 July 06
5 videocassettes (MiniDV).
4 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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