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Oral history interview with Anthony Acevedo

Interview Summary Anthony C. Acevedo, born in San Bernardino, CA in July 31, 1924, discusses his experience as a medic with the US Army's 275th Infantry Regiment of the 70th Infantry Division, Company B during World War II; his capture by the Germans and time as a prisoner of war; how he endured torture, forced marches, and near starvation; how, because of his background as a Mexican American, he was singled out along with several hundred fellow soldiers for transfer from their POW camp to Berga an der Elster, a section of Buchenwald concentration camp; his responsibility in the camp for caring for his fellow prisoners; recording in a small diary the names and numbers of those who died so their sacrifices would be remembered; and being liberated during a death march in spring 1945 when German guards abandoned him and his fellow prisoners in the face of approaching American forces.
Date 2010 October 13  (interview)
RG Number RG-50.030*0618
Accession Number 2010.457
Extent 5 videocassettes : MiniDV.
Language English
Provenance The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum conducted the interview with Anthony Acevedo in Washington, D.C. on October 13, 2010. The interview was transferred to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch in March 2011.
Interviewer Ms. Kyra Schuster
Classification video recording
Corporate Name Berga (Concentration camp)
Buchenwald (Concentration camp)
United States. Army. Infantry Division, 70th.
Geographic Name Berga (Thuringia, Germany)
San Bernardino (Calif.)
Personal Name Acevedo, Anthony, 1924-
Topical Term Death march survivors.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Mexican American soldiers.
Prisoner-of-war camps.
Prisoners of war--Personal narratives.
Prisoners--Abuse of--Germany.
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Germany.
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--United States.
Conditions on Access No restrictions on access
Conditions on Use No restrictions on use
Record Type Oral History
Digital Files
Link to Collection United States Holocaust Memorial Museum oral history collection
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