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Inventory of the Zig Boroughs Papers, 1984-2008
Inventory of the Zig Boroughs Papers, 1984-2008
|Abstract:||The collection consists of correspondence, memoirs, and other papers of Zig Boroughs, an American soldier who served with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II. Two memoirs are included: one written by Edith Jakobs, a Jewish native of Germany who was liberated by members of Boroughs's unit while in hiding in the Netherlands; the other by Werner "Tom" Angress, also a Jewish native of Germany, who enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an interrogator with Boroughs's unit.|
|Title:||Zig Boroughs papers|
|Extent:||0.25 linear feet
|Repository:||Jewish Heritage Collection, Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
|Call Number:||Mss 1065-040|
|Language of Material:||Materials in English and Dutch|
Ralph "Zig" Boroughs was inducted into the U.S. Army during World War II along with his entire class at The Citadel. He volunteered for the paratroopers and served with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. After Boroughs completed parachute and demolition training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he arrived in England on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He participated in Operation Market Garden, an Allied military operation in the Netherlands and Germany. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and in the Ruhr Valley of Germany.
Boroughs was discharged in November 1945. After returning home, he earned master and doctorate degrees in science education and taught math and science at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina.
The collection consists of correspondence, memoirs, and other papers of Zig Boroughs, an American soldier who served with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II. Two memoirs are included: one written by Edith Jakobs, a Jewish native of Germany who was liberated by members of Boroughs's unit while in hiding in the Netherlands; the other by Werner "Tom" Angress, also a Jewish native of Germany, who enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an interrogator with Boroughs's unit.
Materials are described at the folder level.
Search TermsThe following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.
- Boroughs, Zig
- Jakobs, Edith
- Angress, Werner T.
- United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Regiment, 508th
- Hidden children (Holocaust)
- Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
- Holocaust survivors--Germany
- World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities
- World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives
Types of Material
- Clippings (information artifacts)
English translation of diary created by Irene Selent of Greenville, South Carolina.
Consists mostly of greeting cards and letters to Boroughs from the Jakobs family.
Werner "Tom" Angress, a Jewish native of Germany, immigrated to the U.S. as part of an agricultural initiative in Virginia. After the farm on which he worked was sold in 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an interrogator with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Includes excerpts from The 508th Connection and other writings by Boroughs, as well as newspaper clippings of interviews with Bert Jakobs. Also includes a DVD containing selected images from Edith Jakobs's diary.
This collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Zig Boroughs papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.
Materials were donated in 2005 by Ralph Boroughs.
Processed by Rebecca McClure, March 2012.
Encoded by Rebecca McClure, July 2012.
Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, July 2012.
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.