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Oral history interview with Mark Osweiler

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.51.96 | RG Number: RG-50.759.0096

Mark Osweiler discusses being a prisoner of war during WWII; being under guard when he passed groups of concentration camp prisoners who were on a death march to Mauthausen concentration camp, and seeing in the distance groups in prison uniform along a hillside who were roving around; encountering another group of prisoners on the road and speaking to some of them who spoke English; the physical condition of the concentration camp inmates being worse than that of the POWs; giving the concentration camp inmates some cigarettes on the sly; most of the inmates having the Star of David on their uniforms; the political prisoners amongst the concentration camp inmates; keeping a log of what went on and having pictures [he shared these the interviewers]; having difficulties adjusting to life when he returned home; having to regain his physical strength; not getting a job until six months after his return; the presence of some shame over having been captured; his difficulties speaking about his experiences; and joining a POW organization where he felt comfortable.


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Interviewee
Mark Osweiler
Interviewer
Mary Cook
Nita Howton
Date
interview:  1994 April 05
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes : analog.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mary Cook and Nita Howton
 
Record last modified: 2020-07-08 14:55:26
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