George K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1121) interviewed by Steven Paul Cohen and Ann Solov Walker
Videotape testimony of George K., who was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1922 and served in the United States Army during World War II. He recalls enlisting in 1940; incidents of antisemitism in the Army; advancing through Germany in December 1944; feelings of outrage at a building in Bavaria where, he was told, Jews had been tortured; finding bodies in striped clothing on the roadside near Dachau; coming upon what he thought was a prisoner of war camp; prisoners attacking guards; and his realization it was a concentration camp. Mr. K. describes one of the camp barracks and its overwhelming stench; his feelings of anger, terror and frustration; ignorantly giving the prisoners food, which made them ill; crematoria that were still hot, surrounded by stacked corpses; and leaving with his unit after a few hours. He notes that he never spoke to other soldiers about Dachau and he attended a conference in 1981 for veterans who had liberated concentration camps.
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation on the North Shore, 1988
- Interview Date
- February 25, 1988.
- Roxbury (Boston, Mass.)
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- George K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1121). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.