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1945 June 15

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Harold D. Langland and family

Germany - Circular letter to Harold and family. Since last writing, has been all through the area east of Leipzig, Weimar, etc., and taken a couple more trips through Buchenwald, "where I caught a case of the fleas and have been itching since." Saw skins of prisoners taken by Frau Koch from prisoners for tattoos she liked. Another story from Buchenwald: an Italian Princess Fanand... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1945 May 12

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Harold Langland

Germany - Men's thoughts are turning to return to the states. Visit to Jena, Leipzig, etc.; Leipzig ruins. Visit to the Ohrdruf concentration camp, and has taken photos of the 150 American soldiers "who were murdered and burned in the prison when our troops were arriving." At Buchenwald, former prisoners now dying from starvation and ill treatment. At Ohrdruf, took a photo of himself with the ha... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1945 May 23

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Harold Langland

Weimar (Germany) - Can now reveal his location. Sights of destruction on passing through Nuremberg, Heidelberg, Mannheim, other cities: "I have heard fellows ride into cities and see the complete wreckage and say, 'Oh Mac, that's beautiful.'" Seeing Nordhausen and Ohrdruf: "it was then that the soldiers as a mass saw and learned to know that all the hideous and unbelievable rumors that ha... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1945 Apr. 25

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Langland family

Germany - Account of first crossing into Germany within artillery range of Duisburg; stayed in a millionaire's casino near Krefeld, "While we were there the MPs had trouble with the Hitler youth, and lost four of their number by hanging and slit throats at night. Those bastards look very peaceful during the day." Stayed in a former German kaserne with DPs and caught lice; German's let behind equ... more

Joseph Langland Papers