Donald M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2355) interviewed by Warren H. Robinson and Edwin A. Hiscock
- Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc., 1994
- Interview Date
- March 3, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Donald M. Holocaust Testimony (2355). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Donald M., who served in the United States Army as a chaplain's assistant. He recounts arriving in Europe in October 1944; moving with the 103d Division from England through France to Germany; having no prior knowledge of concentration camps; arriving in Buchenwald shortly after its liberation; the emaciated prisoners; bodies stacked for burning; taking pictures of the camp and survivors; and the pervasive stench. Mr. M. recalls his initial shock at the conditions; the people of Weimar claiming complete ignorance of Buchenwald, though only few miles away; mass graves; ordering local people to visit the graves and smell the bodies; moving to Rötz; remaining in Europe after the war; and his discharge in March 1946. He reflects on feeling privileged to relate the facts about Buchenwald to others; talking about his experience at his granddaughter's school; the impact of the snapshots taken in Buchenwald on children; and the war's maturing influence on his life.