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1945 May 4

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Langland family

Germany - Been through the heart of the Thuringerwald; beautiful countryside. "But I saw another side": Dachau, where Stalin's son and Rev. Niemoller were interned. Has not seen the place yet, but describes reports in Stars and Stripes. Arriving Americans were cheered "in the usual manner of looting each others homes, and they seemed quite merry and bright, chatting about their swag... All a... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1945 Apr. 15

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Langland family

Germany - Has not actually been to the front lines, but almost drove through once unaware. Met five German soldiers in the street, unarmed, and had just given up and were waiting to be picked up and transported to a prisoner of war camp. Destruction of Germany: miles and miles. More displaced people in Germany than allied soldiers: "along the edges of the highways, picking out a ... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1945 May 2

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Langland family

Germany - Living in a German apartment, "too many Germans around." Rumors of peace. Does not see how Himmler can surrender, but if he does, he might order a cessation of hostilities. Radio broadcasts say the war is lost, but the "spiritual unity of Germany is not broken, and the people must began now to promote the spiritual revitalization of Germany. And by that they are not ref... 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 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