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1943 Nov.

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Judith G. Wood Langland

Fort Custer (Mich.) - Interesting twists: they were to be trained as military police, but have been ordered to stay two months, not one, and attend military government school. Stand a high likelihood of being sent across immediately: "The mil. gov. officers move right into a town or city with the assault, and when the army leaves, we stay, if that is the town to which we are assigned... If ... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1940 Aug. 19

Langland, Judy G. Wood

Letter from Judy G. Wood Langland to Joseph Langland

Bread Loaf (Vt.) - Excitement over the writers' conference at Bread Loaf. Robert Frost, who likes his iced tea, "is as charming to wait upon as to listen to lecture although I was a little disappointed when he gave the same lecture here at the conference that he gave to the Hoi Polloi." Louis Untermeyer's disdain for analyzing poetry closely. Conference is a little disappointing in that m... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1943 Jan.

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Judith G. Wood Langland

Fort Benning (Ga.) - Writes while surrounded by field manual and a rating sheet. Looks like they will graduate on the 11th and plans to take the Southern Special to New York that evening. Informed his mother how he is holding up: "I answered truly that I am healthier, stronger, weigh more, and in the finest mental condition. If they want to lay it on thicker I am ready for it. And I know th... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1942 Sept. 12

Langland, Judy G. Wood

Letter from Judy G. Wood Langland to Joseph Langland

Weymouth Heights (Mass.) - Chose a complicated time for Joe for their visit; glad to hear that Joe has faced himself through his experiences in the army and found his strength. Excited for the new school year, as she has been. Has five more hours teaching this year, which will prevent her getting her own school work done during the day. Received her first paycheck, spent $10 on war stamps; taxes; does not plan t... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1942 Apr. 12

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Judith G. Wood Langland

Blair (Nebr.) - Reminiscences of Judy at Bread Loaf. Leaving shortly after June for military service. Leaves shortly after June for military service: "Certainly, the battle, to be won, must be very long and very difficult; and many of us boys will never come back. Of course, I look forward to the whole experience with a great hope and strong determination to make the finest years I can... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1945 May 26

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Harold Langland

Weimar (Germany) - Things that grip at his soul: President Hutchins at Univ. of Chicago asking for Germans to be treated legally: "Let us remember that vengeance is the Lord's. That, on top of the fact that last night, after Himmler had committed suicide, some prominent British authorities sat up till three n the morning arguing whether he ought to be given a Christian burial. The fantast... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1945 May 8

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Harold Langland

Germany - VE Day: "it doesn't mean any great emotional satisfaction or triumph.. rather a sort of bitter satisfaction to go through the streets in the center of Germany on this day and just look at the German people and have them know you are there and that you (you being any allied soldier, including the lowliest private) that you are their Lord and Master of this year and hour.... more

Joseph Langland Papers

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