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William J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1918) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1918

Videotape testimony of William J., who was born in the United States in 1921. He recounts military draft in 1944; entering Europe through Scotland in January 1945; serving in the 90th Infantry division of the Third Army; liberating Flossenbürg on April 28, 1945; shock at the dead and dying inmates, their emaciated state, and the living conditions; being instructed not to share their rations with the prisoners; the high prisoner death rate; compelling local residents to bury the dead; leaving after three days; moving through Germany and Czechoslovakia; handling German POWs; assignment after the war guarding major war criminals at Nuremberg; and attending some trial sessions. Mr. J. notes he speaks to school groups about his experiences and shows photographs and a diagram he recently drew of Flossenbürg.

Author/Creator
J., William, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
December 23, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1918). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.