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Anton P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1098) interviewed by Geoffrey H. Hartman and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1098

Videotape testimony of Anton P., who was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1917. Mr. P., who served in the United States Third Army, tells of being wounded in France; evacuation to England; returning to the front to aid in the relief of Bastogne; his artillery unit's rapid advance across Germany in April 1945; passing through Buchenwald hours after its liberation; and dining with a German who denied knowledge of Buchenwald, but whose home overlooked the camp. He recalls being temporarily reassigned to serve with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), where he was the commander of displaced persons camps in Metten, Passau, and Windsheim (a displaced persons camp for Jewish refugees). He explains UNRRA's distinction between displaced persons and "infiltrees"; problems of administration and discipline; political activism among camp inhabitants; his decision to turn management of daily routines over to the residents' elected representatives; and the ambiguous relationship of camp residents with military occupation authorities. He recounts vignettes of his experience, including his marriage to an UNRRA social worker in camp and his return to the United States to attend Harvard in 1947.

Author/Creator
P., Anton, 1917-1991.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
May 20, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anton P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1098). 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/982272
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