John M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2271) interviewed by Steven Paul Cohen
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1992
- Interview Date
- August 11, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- John M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2271). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of John M., who was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1926. He recalls enlisting in the United States military; training as a radio operator; assignment to the XVIII Airborne Corps; and entering Ludwigslust concentration camp shortly after its liberation by the 82nd Airborne Division. He discusses having only two vivid memories: two emaciated prisoners (nothing but skin and bone) in striped uniforms with shaved heads lying by the gate, barely alive; and a building filled with corpses in total disarray emitting an incredible odor. He recounts being stunned; feeling totally inadequate to communicate with those who had suffered so greatly, knowing he could not help them; not believing German civilians who denied knowledge of the camps; and telling his wife and children he was there, but not sharing details with them.