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Oral history interview with Jesse Oxendine

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.103.8 | RG Number: RG-50.865.0008

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Jesse Oxendine, born July 20, 1926 in Pembroke, NC, describes being drafted by the army on September 15, 1944; his three brothers also serving in the army (one brother flew 25 missions) and all returned home safely; attending Native American schools through high school in Pembroke; growing up Native American; being put in charge of a platoon of 48 men; his regiment coming across the labor camp in Wobbelin, Germany in May 1945; how he and his regiment had never heard of concentration camps; seeing the condition of the prisoners; taking the few German guards left as prisoners; going to Ludwigslust, Germany; the local towns people being made to dig graves for the dead prisoners; he and his brothers not sharing their war experiences much with their parents; a cousin of his who was killed in Normandy, France; visiting Ludwigslust in 1994; how he and his friend Henry Hirschmann, a Jewish Holocaust survivor also from Charlotte, visit and share their past experiences with high school students and church groups; learning about the scope of the Holocaust years after the war; his thoughts about war; and lessons he has learned.

Interviewee
Jesse Oxendine
Interviewer
Dr. Marcia Horn
Date
2006 November 20  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 DVD.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marcia Horn
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