Minnesota Liberators of Concentration Camps Oral History Project: Interview with William C. Landgren
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: William Landgren was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, graduated from Iowa State College with a degree in agronomy and went to work for Pioneer Hybrid Corn Company. In February of 1942, in his mid-twenties, he was drafted into the army, and after going through officers' training school he went overseas as a second lieutenant in 1943. After landing in England, he went to Africa and then was assigned to the 45th Division, which fought through Italy and then took part in the invasion of southern France. From there the division worked its way to Munich and was there when the war ended. Just before reaching Munich, Landgren passed through Dachau about an hour after its liberation and took some photos with a camera and film he had found during the war. A couple of weeks later, after the war had ended, Landgren's company was sent back toward Dachau and spend about a week living about half a mile from the camp. During that time he returned to the camp and took more photos. After the war Landgren returned to work at Pioneer and was stationed at several cities in the Midwest before settling in Willmar, Minnesota, in 1950. He retired from Pioneer in the early 1980s and continued to live in Willmar. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Landgren's first sight at Dachau, a train full of dead bodies; dead bodies outside the crematorium; people's reactions to the photos after the war; a Holocaust class organized by a Willmar school teacher; attitudes of German people today. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Poor sound quality makes some of the recording hard to understand, particularly at the beginning.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
11 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:45:51 running time
Creation Interviewee: Landgren, William C.
Interviewer: Lewin, Rhoda Greene
Made in Willmar, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Willmar, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/26/1987
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 52.6
Accession Number AV1996.48.6
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Liberators of Concentration Camps Oral History Project'

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