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Oral history interview with Joseph Schouver

Oral History | Accession Number: 2019.101.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.1020

Joseph Schouver, born on December 4, 1938 in Meisenthal, France, discusses his father Alfred, who worked as a mechanic and a molder in the local glass factory; his mother, Marie-Madeleine; his grandfather (born in 1868), who had been forced to serve in the German army and did not like the Germans; listening to the coded messages broadcast from London and “Radio Popovski”; hiding with his family when the Germans were going to blow up the bridges and main buildings in town; his grandfather’s death just before the Americans arrived on December 6, 1944; everyday life during the war; the Germans taking part of every family’s food supplies; his interactions with the American soldiers; his father trading a bottle of schnapps for a sturdy pair of Rangers; using the American khaki blankets to make clothing; hearing about the camp of Struthof; the Jews in Enwiller and Luxwiller who owed stores and left before the area was annexed to Germany; being inducted into the French army in the 1950s and sent to the officer’s training school in Cherchell, in Algeria; meeting his future wife, Andrée, in Metz; and getting married in 1964.

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Joseph Schouver
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2019 February 16
creation: Meisenthal (France)
1 digital file : MP3.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:39:57
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