Joseph F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2450) interviewed by Elanore L. Lampner and Janet Brown
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1994
- Interview Date
- March 6, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Joseph F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2450). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Joseph F., who was born in Missouri in 1919. He relates enlisting in the army in 1942; assignment to the 20th Armored Division; entering France in early 1945; hearing horror stories from Jewish refugees; starting a daily newspaper in his division; coming into the town of Dachau on April 30th, the day after the liberation of the camp (which he did not enter); viewing boxcars filled with corpses, the area littered with body parts, and the horrendous conditions of the prisoners wandering outside the camp; the disparity between the peaceful life in the town and the horrors of the camp; communicating what he witnessed to others in his division; and sleeplessness for months afterward. He discusses visiting Germany in 1990; his inability to visit the museum in Dachau due to his painful memories; and the importance of "taking a stand" so that incremental steps will not lead to such horror again.