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Minnesota Liberators of Concentration Camps Oral History Project: Interview with Glenn A. Stranberg
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.
1.5 hours sound cassette
9 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
00:32:39 running time
Interviewee: Stranberg, Glenn A.
Interviewer: Lewin, Rhoda Greene
Made in: Atwater, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 52.13 (Library Call Number)
AV1996.48.13 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Liberators of Concentration Camps Oral History Project'