Louis D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1214) interviewed by Steven Schulz and Harriet Tarnor Wacks,
Videotape testimony of Louis D., who was born in the United States in 1922 and served in the Third Army's 301st Signal Operation Battalion in World War II. He recalls General Patton's orders that American soldiers view Buchenwald; entering the camp in April 1945, the day after its liberation; a Polish inmate who escorted them; the pervasive stench; emaciated prisoners; crematoria which were still warm; stacks of bodies; mass burial of the dead; the camp commander's residence where he saw lamp shades reputedly made of human skin; and General Patton's order that all local residents visit Buchenwald. He discusses his personal reactions to the camp and his lack of knowledge about the camps prior to entering Buchenwald.
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1988
- Interview Date
- May 26, 1988.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Louis D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1214). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.