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Solomon L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1528) interviewed by Joan Bang and Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1528

Videotape testimony of Solomon L., who was born in 1913 and drafted into the United States Army. He recalls training with the 65th Infantry Division in the United States; serving with the 45th Infantry Division in Europe; liberating Dachau on April 29, 1945; emaciated, dazed prisoners; corpses all over; shock, disbelief and anger; the United States troops shooting the German soldiers; speaking with Jewish prisoners in Yiddish; giving the prisoners their food, inadvertently causing their deaths; leaving four hours later; smelling the "odor of death" all the way to Munich; liberating escaped prisoners; locals denying knowledge of the camp despite the pervasive odor; difficulties adjusting to civilian life partially due to his experience in Dachau; sharing his story with his children and grandchildren; and meeting a Dachau survivor at a ceremony recognizing liberators.

Author/Creator
L., Solomon, 1913-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
Interview Date
June 14, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Solomon L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1528). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.