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Dorothy P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-853) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-853

Videotape testimony of Dorothy P., who enlisted in the United States Army Nurse Corps on February 15, 1943. In a very detailed testimony, she recalls treating traumatic wounds in Belfast, Ireland in January 1944; wading ashore on Utah Beach in July 1944 with Patton's 3rd Army; treating wounded soldiers in field hospitals; working day and night during the Battle of the Bulge; moving through France and into Germany with the front line troops; and finding a mass grave where 200 Americans had been buried alive. Mrs. P. recalls first hearing about the killing of Jews from a German-Jewish colleague; caring for twenty-five Jewish women prisoners in Rochlitz; learning about their experiences; shock at seeing stacks of bodies, huge crematoria and the condition of the surviving prisoners in Ebensee; providing medical care for the survivors; General Patton ordering the local residents to view the camp and bury bodies; the high death rate after liberation; and a German doctor who shamelessly described medical experiments he had conducted on the prisoners. She reflects on the contrast between the beauty and prosperity of the town, and horrendous conditions in the camp and her conviction that local residents knew what was happening. She shows many photographs.

Author/Creator
P., Dorothy.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
February 27, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dorothy P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-853). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.