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On the Road: The Typist

Updated: 03/31/2014 4:46 PM
Created: 03/31/2014 1:25 PM KSTP.com
By: Jason Davis

When 17-year-old Larry Tillemans from Minneota, Minn., took a typing class in 1942, he had no idea that it would change his life.

When he was drafted into the Army at the end of World War II, his secretarial skills were noted, and he ended up being a witness to history.

As the Nazi war criminals faced the judges at Nuremberg Trials in Germany after the war, Larry took depositions from many of the victims who survived.

The stories he wrote on his old, Army-issue, manual typewriter made a profound impact on the young soldier and he never forgot the tales of horror.

Today Larry is 88 years old and lives in a senior apartment in Sartell, Minn.

He is still active because he is determined to tell the story of the holocaust and the people who committed the most heinous of crimes more than 70 years ago.

He's slowing down a bit now, but for years Larry has hauled his homemade displays of photographs and newspaper clipping to any group who will listen.

Larry, a devout Catholic, said he still has tremendous respect for the Jewish victims of the Nazi "Final Solution".  

He says to his dying day he will never forget and will never stop telling his story.


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