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Chester K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2409) interviewed by Tobi Cooper and Enid Levi

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2409

Videotape testimony of Chester K., who enlisted in the United States Army in 1942; completed basic training in California; attended Officer Candidate School in North Carolina; served in Galveston, Texas; and completed his training in military intelligence. Mr. K. describes D-day; meeting General Patton; moving through France towards Germany; the Battle of the Bulge; entering Dachau on April 29, 1945, and later Allach, a subcamp of Dachau; his shock at seeing hundreds of corpses and the living conditions; attempts to help the survivors; speaking to them in Yiddish; their high death rate due to their inability to digest food; organizing a mourners' prayer with a Jewish chaplain; total lack of preparation for such an encounter; and his overwhelming desire to flee from such a horrifying place. Mr. K. relates preparing for six months to prosecute the commander of Dachau; interviewing survivors in trial preparation; and returning to the United States.

Author/Creator
K., Chester.
Published
Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc., 1994
Interview Date
April 27, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Chester K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2409). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.