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Oral history interview with Philip Pines

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.23.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0221

Philip Pines (né Philip Pinkofsky), born in Brooklyn, New York on February 22, 1920, discusses his childhood with his parents, who were from Minsk, Belarus; experiencing verbal antisemitism at age 11; finishing high school and going to City College of New York; being active in a movement against Hitler; picketing the German Consulate while studying history at Columbia University; getting called up for the military on February 13, 1942 and sent for infantry training at Camp Croft in North Carolina; being sent to Camp Pendleton in Virginia to be part of a Coastal Defense Team; being part of a heavy machine gun platoon for three months; going to radio mechanics school in Washington, DC and then to Fort Monroe on the Chesapeake Bay; going to Camp Ashby for three months and receiving orders for Camp Ritchie in Maryland to be on the 2nd Mobile Radio Team; feeling that the German refugees in the propaganda section looked down on the technical people who were printing material and operating from broadcasting trucks; being sent to Camp Sharp in Gaithersburg, MD; sailing on the Queen Elizabeth with 20,000 men to Glasgow, Scotland; being moved to Clevedon, Wotton-on-Edge, and Pittsfield near Bristol, England; preparing for D-Day by training on every type of weapon; landing with his radio group on D-Day on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France; operating a radio transmitter trailer in Colombières, France; going to Brittany, France and enabling Charles de Gaulle to broadcast from Rennes by hooking up a transmitter to Toury on Radio Bretagne; going on to Bastogne, Belgium and Maastricht, Netherlands; seeing V-1 bombs; operating a radio transmitter for reporters; seeing refugees in Germany and stopping police who were beating up displaced persons in shops; his broadcasting unit being in Bremen, Germany when he turned down an opportunity to go to Bergen-Belsen after May 8; not talking to any refugees; leaving for the United States in 1945; receiving a master's degree; and feeling that his religious outlook was not affected by his wartime experience.

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Philip Pines
Gail Schwartz
interview:  2014 March 13
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:27:32
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