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Albert L. Winkler interview with Herbert K. and Erika W. Commichaux

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2778

Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview (64 pages) conducted by Albert L. Winkler and Corey Clement on November 9, 2001. Commichaux tells about his position as a company commander in the German Army with the rank of captain. He participated in numerous campaigns including the invasion of Poland in 1939. He fought on the Russian front from 1941 to 1945, was wounded twice, and was captured by the United States Army in 1945.

Also included is an interview of Commichaux's wife, Erika, on the same day. She was a German civilian during the German occupation of parts of Russia during World War II. She witnessed aspects of the Holocaust and also some of the brutality involved in the occupation of Germany following the war. She also tells about joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after the war.


  • 2001


Language of Materials

Materials are in German and English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Albert Winkler interview with Herbert K. and Erika W. Commichaux must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Herbert K. Commichaux (1913-2003) was an officer in the German Army during World War II from 1939 to 1945. He later migrated to the United States and settled in Lehi, Utah.

Biographical History

Erica W. Commichaux (1920-2006) was a German Mormon convert.


3 folders (0.24 linear ft.)

Custodial History

This interview was conducted for the department of Special Collections at Brigham Young University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Herbert Commichaux.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of Albert L. Winkler interview with Herbert K. and Erika W. Commichaux
Benjamin Sipes
2011 May 11
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States