The Resource Oral history interview, Benjamin Lee May ; interviewed by Gregory L. Owen, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Benjamin Lee May ; interviewed by Gregory L. Owen, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Lee May ; interviewed by Gregory L. Owen
Title variation
Confinement of Axis prisoners of war in the United States during World War II
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Records the recollections of Benjamin May during the three-month period in 1944 when German POWs were interned in a camp near Timberville, Va. These men were used primarily as a labor force for harvesting crops in the area. May was six years old when the Timberville Camp was erected adjacent to his farm. Mentions the Geneva convention and general positive treatment of POWs by guards and the community: Recalls the reactions of towns people and POWs towards each other: At first some fear and resentment by locals, followed by acceptance by the community when the POWs proved to be friendly and hard working. The group at the Timberville Camp were young teenagers who enjoyed singing and were skilled mechanics and carpenters. (One group carved an altar and made benches for the St. John's Lutheran Chapel in town)
Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded at the Mayfields' home near Timberville, VA. on March 4, 1999
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
interviews
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no. 17-2.
Label
Oral history interview, Benjamin Lee May ; interviewed by Gregory L. Owen, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
  • Complete transcription of tape available. Also includes one-page interview summary
  • Forms part of the Confinement of Axis prisoners of war in the United States during World War II oral history project. For ACCESS TO THE COMPLETE COLLECTION including tapes, background paper and accompanying documents, see Special Coll. call no. SdArch nos. 17-1 through 17-5
  • STACK COPY: Background paper, transcripts for entire set of tapes and other text documents only. Call no.: D805.U5 O94 1999
Accompanying material
1 transcription (19 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
45497128
Dimensions
1/8 in. +
Dimensions
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
Extent
1 sound cassette (ca. 55 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Other physical details
1 7/8 ips
Specific material designation
sound cassette
Speed
1 7/8 ips (tapes)
Tape configuration
quarter 4 track
Tape width
1/8 in.

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