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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 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