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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Joachim F. Pusch
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Joachim F. Pusch was born in Liegnitz, Germany. He was raised in the farming community of Royn in Silesia. He entered the German Army in October 1940 and served in the artillery in Russia. He was medically evacuated in June 1944. After recovering he fought in the west, first against the British and later against the Americans. In the early spring of 1945 he surrendered to the Americans. Seeing little opportunity in Germany, Pusch found sponsorship and in 1951 immigrated to the United States. He attended the University of Minnesota and became an Assistant County Extension Agent in Fillmore County. He later earned a master's degree and taught in the community college system until his retirement. He married an American woman and raised a family. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Growing up in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s; watching the rise of the Nazis from a small farming community; entering the army along with his father and brother; serving thirty-six months in heavy combat on the Russian Front; being wounded, serving on the Western Front; becoming a prisoner of war [POW]; becoming a refugee after losing everything in Eastern Germany; immigrating to the United States and building a new life in Minnesota through education and hard work.
3 hours sound cassettes
70 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
180 minutes length
Interviewee: Pusch, Joachim Friedrich
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in: Shoreview, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 115 (Library Call Number)
AV2008.26.30 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II'