Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Reidar Dittmann
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Reidar Dittmann was born in Tønsberg, Norway. After the German occupation of Norway, Dittman was arrested three times and was eventually sent to Germany where he was imprisoned in the Buchenwald concentration camp. He was then moved to Alsace, France, where he worked in a hard labor camp for several months. He was then sent back to Buchenwald and was liberated there by the Swedish Army in April 1945. He moved to the United States upon receiving a scholarship from St. Olaf College. He married, raised a family, and taught at St. Olaf for many years. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Norwegian childhood activities; celebrating Norwegian holidays; the school systems in Norway; learning several languages and pursuing his interest in the arts; interactions with Edvard Munch; German occupation of Norway; being arrested for singing in public; being arrested while working at a shipyard; being arrested while attending university; being sent to Buchenwald; hard labor in Alsace; being liberated by the Swedish; joining the Norwegian Army Intelligence Corps; traveling to the United States on a scholarship from St. Olaf; experiences at St. Olaf; meeting his wife and beginning his teaching career; traveling and teaching in Ethiopia; having children; leading study abroad trips; becoming Director of International Studies; becoming Professor of Art History.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassettes
69 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 180 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Dittmann, Reidar
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/10/2007
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 115
Accession Number AV2008.26.8
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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