John L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3148) interviewed by Steven Gonzer and Judy Melman
- Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1995
- Interview Date
- June 7, 1995.
- 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.
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.