Albert Souza


Albert Souza remembers the end of World War II, growing up in the 1950s, the Camelot years of John F. Kennedy, when the Beatles performed in Boston, and the turmoil during Vietnam and Watergate. In 1961, Souza was married with a child on the way when he came close to being drafted into the Army during the Berlin crisis.


This interview was recorded by students at UMass-Lowell.


Charlotte Lastnik


Charlotte Lastnik was a civilian secretary for the Army during World War II and talks about going to area hospitals (including Cushing Hospital in Framingham) to interview former POWs. She also talks about life on the home front, from rationing and gas cards to air raid wardens. After the war she worked for several other government agencies before meeting Abraham Lastnik, who served as a PFC in a tank battalion in the war. By the time they married in 1960, he was working as a chemist and design engineer at Natick Labs. He would eventually own 12 patents for clothing he designed and tested.


Abraham Lastnik during WWII
Abraham Lastnik


A wedding photo along with Abraham Lastnik’s medals



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