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Louis B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-226) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-226

Videotape testimony of Louis B., who was an American soldier in the 45th Infantry Division during World War II. Mr. B. describes being raised in New Haven, Connecticut; military training; being stationed in North Africa; the invasion of Sicily on D-Day; moving north through Italy and France; and the liberation of Dachau in Germany. He discusses the lack of knowledge regarding the camps and the "Final Solution;" coming upon thirty-nine boxcars filled with bodies on a railroad siding outside of Dachau; the horrendous condition of the prisoners; the American soldiers' efforts to assist them; and the emotional difficulty of dealing with these conditions. He recalls the local German people's denial of knowledge of what had occurred inside Dachau and his complete disbelief; the American policy which made it compulsory for the local Germans to go through Dachau; the reactions of the American soldiers; and his dismay that so many "turned a deaf ear" to the events of the Holocaust while they were happening.

Author/Creator
B., Louis, 1921-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
Interview Date
November 21, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Louis B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-226). 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/829582
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