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William M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2533) interviewed by Brana Gurewitsch,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2533

Videotape testimony of William M., an African-American who enlisted in the United States Army in May 1942. He recalls placement in the segregated 761st tank battalion; local prejudice during basic training in the south; being shipped to England in 1944; his unit's assignment to Patton's Third Army; participation in campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge; plunging into Dachau by chance in spring 1945; eliminating German resistance; observing prisoners who were "walking skeletons"; the horrible stench; prisoners holding up their hands in gratitude; being warned not to feed them; and leaving the camp after about fifteen minutes. Mr. M. discusses the indescribable horror of Dachau; having had no prior knowledge of the Holocaust; and not speaking about having been in Dachau until recently because the memories were too painful for him. He shows photographs.

M., William, 1924-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
January 26, 1993.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2533). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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