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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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1945 May 13

Langland, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Langland to Harold Langland

Germany - Mother's Day, and American holiday. Visit to Bad Berks resort, saw three American nurses while GIs are not allowed to speak to women; boys with a radio started dancing.

Joseph Langland Papers

1945 May 16

Jenei, Joseph

Letter from Joseph Jenei to Joseph Langland

Buchenwald (Germany) - Letter from a journalist interned at Buchenwald. "My profession being a journalist, I was fighting 20 years for Democracy. At last I fought against Nazi terror and Fascism the consequence of it I had a very hard life... I was robbed of all I had. My family was -- as far as I am informed -- murdered by the Nazis. My wife, mother and sisters became victims of Auschwitz Cr... more

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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

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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

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