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"Without any hesitation, I pushed the loaf of bread to the center of the table and stated, 'We are all Americans, we don't differentiate by religion.'" (Personal Narrative)

   Johann Carl Friedrich Kasten, IV
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Johann Kasten, 1945
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division
Service Location: Omaha Beach; Stalag IX-B and Berga am Elster, Buchenwald, Germany
Rank: Private First Class
POW: Yes
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The story of how a second-generation German American, born in Hawaii, wound up in one of the worst POW camps in the second world war is just as amazing as that short description sounds. "Hans" Kasten grew up in paradise, met Adolf Hitler while visiting Germany as a teenager, was in Hawaii until eight days before December 7, got kicked out of Samoa by the U.S. Navy, and volunteered for the Army infantry so he could land on Normandy on D Day. He displayed incredible bravery while in the hands of the Germans, who despised him for "betraying" the fatherland.

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Letter to the International Red Cross concerning the fates of men interned in M-Stammlager IX B, Bad Orb, Germany [January 16, 1945] Miscellaneous papers relating to Kasten's internment at M-Stalag IX B, Bad Orb, Germany Pages from Kasten's journal detailing the fates of men interned at Stalag IX B, Bad Orb, Germany
Detailed report on an assault on a guard by American POWs at Stalag IX B Roster of interpreters, MPs, and leaders among the men of Stalag IX B Roster of names (in German) of Stalag IX B
  
 
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