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    Jerry von Halle Oral History Interview

    Jerry von Halle talked about growing up in Germany and moving to Holland when Adolf Hitler gained power. After being released from prison by claiming he had tuberculosis, he went into…

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    John Holmes Oral History Interview

    U.S. Army Veteran John Holmes talks about coming across a Nazi labor camp during World War II in the Hartz region of Austria and liberating the Jews who were imprisoned there. He also…

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    Shony Braun Oral History Interview

    Holocaust survivor Shony Braun talked about his experiences in Auschwitz and being shot while trying to escape a death march. Born In Transylvania, Romania, Sandor “Shony”…

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    Mayer Adler Oral History Interview

    Holocaust survivor Mayer Adler talked about being sent to Auschwitz with his family in 1944, their separation, and his transfer to Kaufering labor camp outside of Dachau, Germany. He…

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    Gerda Weissmann Klein Oral History Interview

    Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein talked about how the 1939 German invasion of Poland changed her life. She spoke about being sent to a Jewish ghetto with her family, their…

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    Kurt Klein Oral History Interview

    Kurt Klein talked about his early life in Germany, the rise of Nazi persecution of the Jews, his escape to the United States and his family’s efforts to rescue his parents, who…

    128 views
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    Leslie Swift Interview

    Leslie Swift, chief of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum film, oral history, and recorded sound branch, talked about the origins and purposes of the museum’s oral history…

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    Senator Daniel Akaka Oral History Interview

    Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) talked about growing up in Hawaii, witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor, and how that event affected native Hawaiians and led to the Senator’s service in…

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    Senator Thomas Carper Oral History Interview

    Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE) talked about his experiences in the Vietnam War. Senator Carper was a naval flight officer during the war, and served in the National Reserve after the war…

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    Representative Ralph Hall Oral History Interview

    Representative Ralph Hall (D-TX) talked about his enlistment in the Navy during World War II and his experiences as a pilot on aircraft carriers. Representative Hall was a lieutenant…

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    Senator John McCain Oral History Interview

    Senator John McCain (R-AZ) talked about his experiences as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. Senator McCain was captured by the North Vietnamese in 1967, and was held as a…

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    Veterans History Project

    Project director Robert Patrick and reference specialist Megan Harris talked about the Veterans History Project. Created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Library of Congress American…

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    John Lehman Oral History Interview

    John Lehman, former National Security Council member during the Nixon administration, talked about joining the foreign policy team under Henry Kissinger as well as President Nixon’s…

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    John Dean Oral History Interview, Part 1

    John Dean talked about the Watergate scandal, some of his early assignments as counsel to the president, how the idea for the Watergate break in came to be, and who was involved in the…

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    Daniel Ellsberg Oral History Interview, Part 2

    Daniel Ellsberg talked about the reasons he chose to leak the Pentagon Papers and his opinions on the Vietnam War. While working at the RAND Corporation in 1967, Mr. Ellsberg became a…

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    Daniel Ellsberg Oral History Interview, Part 1

    Daniel Ellsberg talked about the reasons he chose to leak the Pentagon Papers and his opinions on the Vietnam War. While working at the RAND Corporation in 1967, Mr. Ellsberg…

    508 views
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    Salvatore Conte Oral History Interview

    U.S. Army veteran Salvatore Conte talked about his experiences in the Korean War and as a prisoner of war (POW). Private First Class Conte was captured by the Chinese and forced to live in…

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    Clifford Petrey Oral History Interview

    Clifford Petrey, a Korean War veteran who was wounded and captured by the Chinese in December of 1950, talked about his experiences during the war and as a prisoner of war (POW). He…

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    Charles Ross Oral History Interview

    U.S. Army veteran Charles Ross talked about his experiences in the Korean War and as a prisoner of war (POW). After enlisting in the Army in 1947, Mr. Ross soon became a sergeant in…

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    Elizabeth Holtzman Oral History Interview

    Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY) talked about the impeachment of President Nixon from her perspective as a freshman in Congress and described the impeachment hearing process. In 1973 she…

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