Solomon L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1528) interviewed by Joan Bang and Bernard Weinstein
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
- Interview Date
- June 14, 1989.
- 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.
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.