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David M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1481) interviewed by Steven Gonzer and Rose Magel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1481

Videotape testimony of David M., who served in a hospital unit of the United States Third Army in World War II. He describes entering Buchenwald shortly after its liberation in 1945; setting up a hospital; capturing German guards; treating starved, sick prisoners, many in a state of shock; rooms filled with emaciated corpses; survivors dying from eating; guiding journalists and dignitaries through Buchenwald, including Clare Booth Luce, General Hoyt Vandenberg, and Margaret Bourke-White; compulsive visits of nearby residents to view Buchenwald (they denied knowing what happened there); establishing a hospital in Cham; treating survivors for starvation, tuberculosis, and other illnesses; and discovering German soldiers posing as survivors. Mr. M. notes learning of more severe treatment of Jewish prisoners and shows photographs taken in Buchenwald.

Author/Creator
M., David, 1923-
Published
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1990
Interview Date
December 20, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1481). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.