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Francis P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-677) interviewed by Syd Mandelbaum

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-677

Videotape testimony of Francis P., a Roman-Catholic, who was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1918. He recalls enlisting in the army nine months before Pearl Harbor, hoping to serve only one year; realizing, after the war began, that he would serve for the duration; attending officer candidate school as a medical administrator; shipment to England in 1943; establishing a large hospital in Rennes, France after D-Day; being taken to Buchenwald after the war ended to provide advice about medical care for the former prisoners; fright and astonishment at the horrendous conditions of the prisoners and conditions in the barracks; observing piles of corpses; difficulty conceiving humans could treat others this way; leaving after three days; and discharge in December 1945.

P., Francis, 1918-
Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1985
Interview Date
January 15, 1985.
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Francis P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-677). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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