[Interview of Grace Van Wert on her service as a school teacher in post-war Germany from September 1946 to August 1947].

Grace Van Wert talks about her service as a school teacher in post-war Germany from September 1946 to August 1947. Van Wert says that she decided to take a leave absence from her teaching job in the Lansing, MI school district, was assigned to a one room school in the resort town of Bad Wildungen in...

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Corporate Authors: Women's Overseas Service League Oral History Project
Vincent Voice Library (digitizer,, current owner.)
Other Authors: Van Wert, Grace, 1909-2006 (Interviewee)
Hornbacher, Elsie, 1918- (Interviewer)
Language:English
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Physical Description:1 online resource (1 audio file (21 min., 32 sec.))
Format: Electronic Audio Software
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Grace Van Wert talks about her service as a school teacher in post-war Germany from September 1946 to August 1947. Van Wert says that she decided to take a leave absence from her teaching job in the Lansing, MI school district, was assigned to a one room school in the resort town of Bad Wildungen in Germany. Van Wert talks about the town, the post-war devastation, the children of U.S. dependents who were her students, the limited food supplies, and the poverty and destitution which the German people were experiencing. Van Wert says that she gave away soap to German civilians, exchanged coffee for original artwork, paid the man teaching her children German in cigarettes and that she could smell decaying corpses even a year after the war had ended. Van Wert is interviewed by Elsie Hornbacher.
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Part of the Women's Overseas Service League Oral History Project.
Digitized by the G. Robert Vincent Voice Library of the Michigan State University Libraries.
Call Number:Voice 32801
DB32801 cassette
Playing Time:00:21:32
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Interviewee, Grace Van Wert ; interviewer, Elsie Hornbacher.
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Recorded 1984 August 6