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Oral history interview with Hans Tuch

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.279.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0215

Hans Nathan Tuch (born on October 15, 1924 in Berlin, Germany) discusses his childhood; going to Catholic school; his father’s death in 1936; seeing Jesse Owens perform at the 1936 Olympics; being expelled from gymnasium and going to Jewish gymnasium in 1938; not being fearful of German soldiers though beaten up by other boys; getting a visa and affidavit from his mother's relatives in Kansas City; going by boat alone in September 1938 with his collection of opera programs; arriving on October 17 and living with Kansas relatives; having sympathetic high school teachers; being reunited with his mother in August 1941; starting college and working two jobs in 1942; getting drafted in May 1943; having basic training in Alabama; unloading ships in New Orleans; applying for specialized training but getting rejected because he was considered an enemy alien; becoming a citizen; going to the University of Illinois; being sent to Camp Ritchie in Maryland to Army Intelligence School for six weeks along with other German Jewish refugees; going by troop ship to England in March 1944; joining the 101st Airborne Division to become an interrogator; parachute jumping into Carreton, France near Omaha Beach two hours before the D-Day invasion to keep German replacements from coming in; being in combat for nine days; interrogating German prisoners; jumping into Enthoven, Holland on September 17, 1944; being in the Siege of Bastogne on December 15th and liberated on December 25th; going to Berchtesgaden (Hitler's Eagles Nest) and then going to Austria and Paris, France; going to the United States on December 8, 1945; graduating from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; going back to Germany to work in cultural and political affairs in Frankfurt; working for five years at the America House in Frankfurt for the U.S. Information Agency; studying Russian at the CIA in Washington; working in Moscow, Russia as the cultural and press attaché; being an assistant to Edward R. Murrow for three years at USIA; being sent to Sofia, Bulgaria as DCM and then head of the legation; being the public affairs officer in Berlin for three years; becoming acting Deputy Director of the Voice of America for three years; retiring after five years in Brazil; and feeling that he is an American of German origin.

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Hans Tuch
Gail Schwartz
interview:  2013 November 07
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 09:26:02
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