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Oral History interview of Sidney Deutsch. Interview conducted by Wilt, Ashley at Deutsch Residence.


0:01-1:00 Introduction, birthday, consent/permission; 1:01-2:59 Childhood memories, blinded in left eye from bean shooter; 3:00-4:30 All friends were in Armed Forces. Wanted to be, too young; 4:30-5:00 Volunteered to be medic at Mason General Psychiatric Hospital. Rose to Supervisor; 5:01-8:00 Particular story about hazardous nature of job. Attacked by patient; 8:01-10:00 Tells story about how a patient bit off medic's arm; 10:01-18:00 Multiple stories about being a supervisor at Mason General; 19:00-21:59 Very respected at the hospital. Noncommissioned, yet made major decisions; 22:00-23:31 Developed PTSD. Had to be removed. Last days at the hospital; 23:30-24:30 Went back to working at former job making uniforms; 24:30-25:59 Quit job, took a vacation with a friend in Canada; 26:00-27:30 All friends from Service came back safe except for one. Lost both legs; 27:30-27:59 Of 41 service friends, 7 are alive today; 28:00-28:59 Married 61 years, 5 children; 29:00-29:59 As a child was fascinated with airplanes, but could not be a pilot; 30:00-31:00 Feels not becoming pilot was a blessing, since 70% of pilots in WWII KIA; 31:01-32:5 Parents occupation, information, etc.; 33:00-36:00 More about parents and childhood; 36:01-37:00 Some patients faked having a disorder to avoid prison sentences; 37:01-39:00 Discusses Sodium Amytal (Truth Serum); 39:01-41:59 Discusses Shock Therapy, dangers of it and why it may be worth the risk; 42:00-43:00 Discusses Hydrotherapy - covers all but head in hot water; 43:01-44:00 2 years in the military, at the medical ward; 44:01-45:00 Still feels effects of Condition Red (PTSD). Quick, strong noises, etc.; 45:01-45:59 States discovery that he has healing powers in hands; 46:00-48:59 Orlando doctors misdiagnosed daughters' disease; 49:00-49:59 Poodle has a seizure, he touches the dog and dog heals; 50:00-51:25 Began helping friend's wife heal, over the course of 2 months; 51:26-52:30 Felt guilty about helping friend's wife, because wife had affair; 52:32-57:00 Discusses healing various other friends and acquaintances.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Bronx (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Highest Rank

Technical Sergeant; TSgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Commendation of Bravery


Ward Master/ 35 patients, supervised 10 men.


Injuries sustained because the patients were often violent. Awarded Commendation of Bravery for incident that took place when a patient threatened a ward.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Wilt, Ashley

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Deutsch Residence


Deutsch, Sidney; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Army

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida


Wilt, Ashley

Length of Interview

57 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type