Hall Center For The Humanities


Richard L. Schiefelbusch
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Recollections of a Prisoner of War
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Fri., Mar. 8, 2013, 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Massachusetts

Richard L. Schiefelbusch joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941 and became a navigator on B-24 bombers in the European Theatre of Operation during World War II. His plane was shot down while on a mission to disable German submarine pens at Kiel. He parachuted into the Baltic Sea, was captured, and spent two years in prisoner of war camps -- including Stalag Luft 3 in Poland, which was the subject of a 1963 movie The Great Escape. In the camps, he taught group communication courses to the prisoners and helped organize a "civic" organization that worked to improve camp morale. For these efforts, he received a commendation. Now, at age 94 Dick will recall his experiences during that time.

Dick Schiefelbusch completed a doctorate at Northwestern University that set his course for a lifetime of public service. It all began with the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, which he established in 1949 at the University of Kansas. Soon after, he took charge of the Kansas Bureau of Child Research, a program that he directed until his retirement in 1990. During his tenure the program received national recognition for excellence.

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