The Resource Oral history interview, John G. Stewart ; interviewed by Carol Maureen DeHart, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, John G. Stewart ; interviewed by Carol Maureen DeHart, (sound recording)

Oral history interview
Oral history interview
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John G. Stewart ; interviewed by Carol Maureen DeHart
Title variation
John G. Stewart oral history interview
Biographical or historical data
  • John Stewart was born Hans Gideon Stein in Vienna, Austria, at the end of World War I. Stein recalls his childhood during the economic hardships of the postwar years in Austria, known as the First Republic. He discusses daily life at home and school, his friends and family, and his religious experiences as a Jew in predominately Catholic Vienna. In 1938, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler annexed Austria into the German Reich, installing a National Socialist government in Vienna. As the persecution of Austrian Jews intensified, Stein and his family were forced to emigrate; first to France and Switzerland, then on to America in 1939. Stein was drafted into the United States Army shortly before America enters World War II, in 1941. Describes his work in Military Intelligence as a translator and interrogator of German prisoners of war. In 1943, Stein became a naturalized citizen, changing his name to John Gideon Stewart to commemorate his new life in his new country.
  • After the war, Stewart relocated to Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he taught in the local high school, and eventually accepted a faculty position at Madison College, later renamed James Madison University. Stewart describes his collaboration with fellow Madison College professor, Elmer Smith, on Smith's studies on the folklore of the descendants of German settlers in Colonial Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley. Comments on his translation work on early German texts, letters, and church documents for Smith and other organizations. Closes with a brief discussion of his current projects and work with a local folklore society.
Cataloging source
Date time place
Recorded at Mr. Stewart's home in Broadway, Va., on January 14 and February 25, 2003
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no.25-1a - 25-1b.
Oral history interview, John G. Stewart ; interviewed by Carol Maureen DeHart, (sound recording)
  • Complete transcription of tapes available in Special Collections
  • STACK COPY: Transcript and accompanying photographs only. Call no.: E175.5 .S7463 2003
  • John Stewart, an oral history project. FOR ACCESS TO THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, including tapes, original copies of all text material and interviews conducted by Carol M. DeHart, see Special Coll. call number SdArch no. 25-1a through 25-1b
  • Additional text materials include two memoir manuscripts by John Stewart: Vienna childhood memories, and, From Austria to the United States: Diary, 1937-1941
  • James Madison University Author
Accompanying material
1 transcript (46 p. ; 28 cm.) + additional documentation and photos (ca. 82 p. ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
Control code
1/8 in. +
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
2 sound cassettes (ca. 180 min.)
Groove width / pitch
Other physical details
1 7/8 ips
Specific material designation
sound cassette
1 7/8 ips (tapes)
Tape configuration
Tape width
1/8 in.

Library Locations

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      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
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