Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Hanspeter and Gisela Borgwarth
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Hanspeter Borgwarth was born in Cuxhaven, Germany. He grew up in an upper middle class family and experienced World War II first hand when the British bombed Cuxhaven. He was forced into the Jungvolk and Hitler Youth. After the war, Borgwarth got into the farming business and accepted a job in Wisconsin. He and his wife moved to the United States and began their family, eventually ending up in Minnesota. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Growing up with a strict mother; topography of his hometown and the appearance of his house; involvement in horse breeding programs on the farm; the "invisible caste system" in Germany; taking in refugees from East and West Prussia; apprenticeship programs; German culture: wedding celebrations, division of sexes, emphasis on athletic superiority, traditional funerals, Christmas celebration; his hometown being carpet bombed by the British; participation in the Jungvolk and Hitler Youth; working on farms; hometown being taken over by British, Scottish, and eventually American troops; Germany post World War II; farm/agriculture training; developing a relationship with his future wife; moving to the United States; involvement in the poultry business and successful farming operations; becoming a part of the Jennie-O corporation in Minnesota; keeping family connections in Germany; involvement in the Rotary Club and awards.
Quantity 5 hours sound cassettes
97 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 274 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Borgwarth, Hanspeter
Interviewee: Borgwarth, Gisela
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in Gull Lake, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Gull Lake, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 09/12/2007
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 115
Accession Number AV2008.26.5
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II'

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