This collection includes two interviews discussing the life of retired University of Montana Professor, Gertrud Lackschewitz, who taught German. The interviews were conducted by Donna McCrea in July of 2011. Lackschewitz describes her time in Nazi Germany before immigrating to the United States. She also recalls her teaching experiences at the University of Montana in Missoula. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 434 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 2 interviews.
Gertrud Lackschewitz details her childhood and early adulthood in Nazi Germany. She describes her father’s government appointed position with the Nazi Party and her involvement with the Hitler Youth. Lackschewitz describes working for Otto Skorzeny during World War Two, preparing maps for German Special Forces and meeting her husband, who would go on to spend two years in a Russian Prison Camp. She describes finishing her education after the war and moving to the United States.
Gertrud Lackschewitz discusses her career at the University of Montana. She describes pedagogy in the foreign language department, her opposition to the Women’s Studies Program during the Women’s Movement in the late 1960s, and her husband, who worked as a botanist at the University of Montana. She also discusses her research on Russian-Germans in Montana and her daughters, Anna and Elisabeth.