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1946 Jan. 5

Holden, Sig

Letter from Sig Holden to Judith G. Wood Langland

Germany - Glad to have seen Joe and spend time with him.

Joseph Langland Papers

1946 Feb. 3

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to family

Munich (Germany) - Recap of his work as Special Services Officer in Germany, leaving little time for writing. Publicatio history of the Bavarian. Football exploits. Touring Munich. Reports of Germans starving or suffering malnutrition are not accurate for the American zone. Writing his report on fraternization, the first American babies are now being born: "Top topic on conversation among Augsburg housew... 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

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 July 30

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Langland family

Augsburg (Germany) - Is now assigned to Military Government work, "my biggest mission is the welfare, the happiness, and the useful education and occupation of the leisure time of the enlisted men. So I am doing everything from opening beer bars, sponsoring dances, umpiring and scheduling all sorts of athletic events, arranging travel tours of southern Bavaria..." Account of his activities ... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1945 July 8

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Langland family

Bad Homberg (Germany) - Reaction to news that Harold had been killed in action. Informed that his company is to be broken up; Margaret Binns has died. Had planned to fly to Paris to see Mike, but was unable due to Mike's change of address. Remembers Harold only as a kid brother, not a grown man: "And to think that he went into combat as a reinforcement, among strangers, and did so far from home in such a stra... more

Joseph Langland Papers

1946 Feb. 28

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Langland family

Munich (Germany) - Has loaded his duffel bag and is preparing to leave Munich.

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

1946 Feb. 25

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Langland family

Munich (Germany) - Back in Munich. Greeted by two dozens letters on his return. Asks them to remember planting evergreens for Harold.

Joseph Langland Papers