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Ilse Williams

This interview with Ilse Williams is a unique account, especially in West Texas. 

Ilse Williams was born in Cuxhaven, Germany, in 1952 to parents who were teenagers during the rise of Adolf Hitler. She provides insight into the indoctrination of Nazi Germany experienced by her parents, as well as  her own generation’s resulting rejection of authority in the 1960s and 1970s. She also comments on the trauma experienced by the Greatest Generation and their reluctance to talk about the war until recently.

Interview Excerpts

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