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Emil Spieth papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2004 Box 8 (04.0264-04.0310), Folder: 04.0295 - Folder 1
Identifier: 04.0295

Scope and Contents

This collections contains the transcript of an interview with Emil Speith.


  • Created: 1937-1950
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1937-1950
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/23/0004


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Born in 1937 in Pforzheim, Germany, Emil Spieth’s earliest memories are from living in wartime Germany. His father was in the German army and was injured during the French campaign, stationed in Germany, and later in Greece and Yugoslavia. Spieth moved away from Pforzheim once the school closed due to the allied air raids, to live with his grandparents in Maulbronn. His grandparents were opposed to Hitler, his grandfather turned off the radio in a restaurant while Hitler was giving a speech, and the next day the police came to his house to explain how he couldn’t do that and confiscated his car. He was later killed in an air raid on February 23, 1945.

Spieth recalls the food shortages Germany had during the war, and how his grandparents worked for the farmers for food for the family. After the war, for the first month, they were under French occupation, then later when zones shifted, they were under the Americans. By the summer of 1945, Spieth was back in school. His father was a POW in Yugoslavia and did not return until 1948. Through the Red Cross, they were notified he was alive. When he returned, he was extremely ill but regained his health for a short while before dying. In 1950 he and his family immigrated to the United States.


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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

Emil Spieth

Method of Acquisition


Emil Spieth papers
Christopher Kapustin
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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