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George K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1121) interviewed by Steven Paul Cohen and Ann Solov Walker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1121

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.

K., George, 1922-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation on the North Shore, 1988
Interview Date
February 25, 1988.
Roxbury (Boston, Mass.)
United States
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.