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Texas in the Cold War Oral History Project

 

When the Lone Star State met the Iron Curtain:

Recollections of Texas in the Cold War

The state of Texas, by virtue of its distinguished and preeminent role in the Cold War from 1946 to 1991, is home to thousands of Cold War oral histories (both military and civilian) that remain unrecorded and preserved. The Texas Historical Commission will implement an oral history initiative to focus on the stories during the earliest years of the Cold War such as the Berlin Blockade, the Korean War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Texas in the Cold War oral history initiative will:

       ♦ Provide statewide training opportunities, free to the public, through twelve workshops to historic preservationists, creating a geographically dispersed pool of trained oral historians to record and preserve local Cold War histories.

       ♦ THC will also conduct, record, and preserve a diverse selection of twenty oral history interviews from narrators whose experiences range from the late 1940s to the end of the Vietnam War.          

At each workshop participants will receive hands-on training with digital voice recording equipment, techniques for interviewing, transcribing and editing, and document preservation methods.The THC will inform participants on how to preserve their future oral history recording at both national repositories and statewide Cold War-themed oral history programs.

Collecting, preserving and sharing oral histories not only transmits knowledge from one generation to the next, but also enhances our understanding of the past by illuminating the personal experience and price of war.

If you are interested in participating in one of the workshops or oral history interviews please visit www.thc.state.tx.us

Please make a gift today to help preserve our Cold War stories.

 

Oral History Interviews

THC historians have conducted two oral history interviews to date associated with this project. Below are abstracts of the interviews. Please contact the THC directly at William McWhorter to schedule an appointment to review these interviews' recordings and transcripts.

The first interview in December 2013 was with veteran Pete Berkowitz (now chairman of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission), who served at Fort Bliss from 1957–59 in the U.S. Army’s Office of Special Weapons Development. He also served as a NASA engineer on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs during the 1960s. In March 2014, the second interview was recorded with Cold Warrior Bill Haenn veteran of the Berlin Brigade, serving in East Germany, and who led a detail that guarded the last Nazi World War II prisoner of war, Rudolph Hess (Prisoner #07) at the historic Spandau Prison.

- See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/texas-cold-war#sthash.djlm8TW8.dpuf

Oral History Interviews

THC historians have conducted two oral history interviews to date associated with this project. Below are abstracts of the interviews. Please contact the THC directly at William McWhorter to schedule an appointment to review these interviews' recordings and transcripts.

The first interview in December 2013 was with veteran Pete Berkowitz (now chairman of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission), who served at Fort Bliss from 1957–59 in the U.S. Army’s Office of Special Weapons Development. He also served as a NASA engineer on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs during the 1960s. In March 2014, the second interview was recorded with Cold Warrior Bill Haenn veteran of the Berlin Brigade, serving in East Germany, and who led a detail that guarded the last Nazi World War II prisoner of war, Rudolph Hess (Prisoner #07) at the historic Spandau Prison.

- See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/texas-cold-war#sthash.djlm8TW8.dpuf

Oral History Interviews

THC historians have conducted two oral history interviews to date associated with this project. Below are abstracts of the interviews. Please contact the THC directly at William McWhorter to schedule an appointment to review these interviews' recordings and transcripts.

The first interview in December 2013 was with veteran Pete Berkowitz (now chairman of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission), who served at Fort Bliss from 1957–59 in the U.S. Army’s Office of Special Weapons Development. He also served as a NASA engineer on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs during the 1960s. In March 2014, the second interview was recorded with Cold Warrior Bill Haenn veteran of the Berlin Brigade, serving in East Germany, and who led a detail that guarded the last Nazi World War II prisoner of war, Rudolph Hess (Prisoner #07) at the historic Spandau Prison.

- See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/texas-cold-war#sthash.djlm8TW8.dpuf

Oral History Interview

THC historians have conducted two oral history interviews to date and below are excerts of from one interview with Pete Berkowitz (now chairman of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission), who served at Fort Bliss from 1957-59 in the U.S. Army's Office of Special Weapons Development.

Please contact THC Miltiary historian William McWhorter to schedule an appointment to review Texas in the Cold War recordings and transcripts.

Please contact the THC directly at William McWhorter to schedule an appointment to review these interviews' recordings and transcripts. - See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/texas-cold-war#sthash.XbI4iBVG.dpuf
Please contact the THC directly at William McWhorter to schedule an appointment to review these interviews' recordings and transcripts. - See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/texas-cold-war#sthash.XbI4iBVG.dpuf
Please contact the THC directly at William McWhorter to schedule an appointment to review these interviews' recordings and transcripts. - See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/texas-cold-war#sthash.XbI4iBVG.dpuf