Minnesota Liberators of Concentration Camps Oral History Project: Interview with Glenn A. Stranberg
Part 1


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Glenn Stranberg was born on a farm near Atwater, Minnesota, in 1917 and attended school through eighth grade, then went to work on his family's farm. He was drafted in July of 1942, and after training in Georgia and a winter stationed in the Aleutian Islands as a surgical technician, he was told that he would not be sent overseas and married his longtime girlfriend. But six months later he was sent to Europe, where he worked in evacuation hospitals that followed the front battle lines. He got to the Dachau concentration camp one day after the first American soldiers arrived, and he spent about a month caring for the survivors. After the war he returned to Minnesota and resumed farming. At the time of the interview he and his wife lived half a mile from the house where he was born. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Duties in an evacuation hospital; difficulty in feeding survivors food they could digest, and the high death rate among survivors who were not strong enough to leave the camp immediately; buildings in the camp, including crematoriums, administrative buildings, and warehouses containing art and weapons; survivors who left immediately despite having no money and almost no clothing; use of German people from the city of Dachau to load bodies onto wagons and bury victims in a mass grave; survivors who had lost their minds; treating prisoners who had been subjects of medical experiments involving diseases, including typhus; Stranberg's difficulty after the war in convincing Americans that the Holocaust occurred, and his persistence in speaking about it and showing photographs; his belief that similar events could happen again, and his increased compassion for people as a result of his experiences during the war; the idea that people of differing backgrounds share basic qualities and can learn from each other.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
9 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:32:39 running time
Creation Interviewee: Stranberg, Glenn A.
Interviewer: Lewin, Rhoda Greene
Made in Atwater, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Atwater, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/26/1987
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 52.13
Accession Number AV1996.48.13
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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