Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Bernard Lieder
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Bernard Lieder was born and raised in a small farming community west of Minneapolis during the Great Depression. He entered the military in the early 1940s first serving in the Coastal Artillery. He later participated in the Army Specialized Training Program before being sent to the 102nd Infantry Division. After the war he served in the Army of Occupation working with German prisoners of war, German civilians, and displaced persons from around Europe. Returning home, he found employment with the highway department and eventually became the county engineer in Crookston, Minnesota. In 1984 he was elected to the state legislature where he continued to serve at the time of the interview. He married and has children and grandchildren. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Growing up in a small rural German American community during the Great Depression; the hardships of 1930s small business ownership; encounters with bootleggers and gangsters; school and social activities in a 1930s small town; service in the army; heavy combat in the infantry in Germany; dealings with German civilians, prisoners of war and displaced persons; options for a returning soldier; finding work and a career; marriage and creating a family; county politics and working as a county highway engineer; ongoing changes in county life; entering the state legislature and changes in state politics during his tenure.
Quantity 4 hours sound cassettes
92 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 222 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Lieder, Bernard
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 06/07/2006
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 115
Accession Number AV2008.26.22
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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