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John L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3148) interviewed by Steven Gonzer and Judy Melman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3148

Videotape testimony of John L., who was born in 1925 and served with the United States Army 45th Infantry Division in World War II. He recalls participating in several major battles; approaching Dachau on April 29, 1945; railroad cars overflowing with emaciated corpses outside the camp; the soldiers' responses, including silence, disbelief, tears, and anger; capturing Wehrmacht and SS troops; observing inmates killing German guards; "ghostlike" inmates emerging from barracks; piles of dead bodies; the sickening stench; and advancing toward Munich the next day. Mr. L. notes he was totally unprepared for the horrors of Dachau. He shows photographs and memorabilia.

Author/Creator
L., John, 1925-
Published
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1995
Interview Date
June 7, 1995.
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
John L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3148). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290726
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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