The Resource Oral history interview, Karl Baumann ; interviewed by Gregory L. Owen, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Karl Baumann ; interviewed by Gregory L. Owen, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Karl Baumann ; 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 Karl Baumann, a German prisoner of war during World War II in the United States at Camp 8, Lyndhurst/Sherando Lake, Va. from April through Nov. 1945. Recalls his early schooling and life as a merchant mariner in his teens; experiences in the German Navy and submarine duty during the War (incl. wounding at the invasion of Normandy, June 1944, evacuation to a hospital at Brest, capture and shipment to a POW camp in England and later to the United States). Describes experiences in this country as a POW, primarily at Camp 8, Lyndhurst, Va.: various routines (roll call, cleaning, food/meals); work assignments and projects such as cutting pulpwood, working for local farmers; clothing; and the use of exchange coupons. Describes experiences with near-food shortages (strike) and an incident resulting in cell punishment. Talks about relations with fellow prisoners and American civilians (incl. a local farmer, Galen Heatwole, who later sponsored his return back to the United States); and military guards. Records events leading up to and return home to Germany Jan. 1946. Philosophises about human rights during wartime and religious beliefs. In general, recalls conditions in Germany leading up to the War, his life as a German soldier and POW in the U.S., and reasons for returning
Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded at the home of Karl Baumann, Stuarts Draft, Va. on March 13, 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. 17-5a - 17-5b.
Label
Oral history interview, Karl Baumann ; 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 (95 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
45503150
Dimensions
1/8 in. +
Dimensions
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (ca. 150 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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