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    Peggy Bowditch Oral History Interview

    Margaret “Peggy” Bowditch talked about growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, next door to J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, who became known as the…

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    Robert Furman Oral History Interview

    Robert Furman talked about his work on the Manhattan Project during World War II. He served as an assistant to project director General Leslie Groves. Mr Furman recalled going…

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    Val Fitch Oral History Interview

    Val Fitch talked about his work on the Manhattan Project and his time in Los Alamos, New Mexico, during World War II. After working on the timing apparatus of the atomic bomb, he was…

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    Benjamin Bederson Oral History Interview

    Benjamin Bederson talked about working as a member of the Special Engineering Detachment on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico, in the 1940s. Mr. Bederson worked on…

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    Manhattan Project Oral History Interview

    Cindy Kelly, director of the Atomic Heritage Foundation, talked about the Voices of the Manhattan Project.

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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…

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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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