Oral memoirs of Anni Lipp Kelton: An interview conducted in March 2005

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2023-11

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Anni Lipp Ketlon was an Austrian War Bride who moved to the United States to reunite with her husband, Elmer Kelton in June of 1947. When the Germans took over Austria, she was initially spared from work camps because of her infant son, Gary. Eventually, she was placed in a kitchen for an army Hospital in Gmunden, Austria. After some time, the control of the city was won by the Americans, where she met and eventually married Elmer Kelton. He returned home in June of 1946 at the end of the war and called Senator Tom Connally who created a way for Anni Lip Kelton and Gary to follow him home. She described that process as she struggled through language barriers, financial difficulties, and the political instability that rocked Europe after WWII. She explained that after taking trains from Austria to an American consulate in Paris, she was granted a ship ride to the United States, with her six-year-old son, Gary. Once with family, they had an official ceremony in West Texas. She revealed that she had no idea about anything, including barbeque and rodeos. She also explained that she mostly kept house, even when Elmer Kelton was finishing his journalism degree at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Includes transcript.
contained in: Greatest Generation Oral History Archive

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