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Oral history interview with Ralph G. Rush

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.11 | RG Number: RG-50.684.0001

Ralph G. Rush, a former soldier with HQ Co., Reconnaissance and Intelligence (I&R) Platoon 355 Regiment, 89th Infantry Division, General Patton’s 3rd Army, discusses his experience as a member of the first group of soldiers to liberate Ohrdruf Concentration Camp on April 4, 1945; details about the liberation of prisoners; living conditions at the camp; the condition of the camp’s survivors; bodies of soldiers and inmates; the horrors of burnt and stacked bodies; the story of an inmate who asked for his gun, claiming that SS guards were dressed as inmates to avoid arrest; and his participation in liberating several slave labor camps as his platoon moved East.

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Ralph G. Rush
Matthew Nash
interview:  2011 August 01
1 DVD.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Matthew Nash
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:24:26
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