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Donald M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2355) interviewed by Warren H. Robinson and Edwin A. Hiscock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2355

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.

Author/Creator
M., Donald.
Published
Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc., 1994
Interview Date
March 3, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1091670
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:11:00
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