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Oral history interview with Chasten Bowen

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2013.57.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0691

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    Oral history interview with Chasten Bowen


    Interview Summary
    Chasten L. Bowen, born July 12, 1924, describes his childhood in Missouri; being drafted into the army in 1942; his time training as a radio operator in Fresno, California; his assignment to a bomb unit in England; his interactions with British citizens; working as a radio operator in an aircraft; being shot down over France; sheltering with a French family; being denounced by a Belgian who was working with the Germans; his time in a French prison; his transfer to Buchenwald; conditions in a boxcar with other prisoners; his time at Buchenwald; his interactions with German SS officers; the comradeship among military prisoners; his emotions during liberation; his postwar life; his reluctance to talk about his wartime experiences; the medals he received for his service; and his belief that people need to become better educated about history.
    Chasten L. Bowen
    Mr. Stephen A. Mize
    interview:  2013 April 26
    creation: Washington (D.C.)

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    1 digital file : WAV.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Bowen, Chasten L., 1924-

    Administrative Notes

    Stephen Mize, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Chasten Bowen in Washington, DC on April 26, 2013.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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