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Oral history interview with Franz Haller

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.402.4 | RG Number: RG-50.654.0004

Franz Haller, born in 1924 in St. Leonard, South Tyrol, discusses his mobilization into the Italian army as a soldier and later recruitment into the Wehrmacht; living in hiding for four months following his desertion from the Wehrmacht in June 1944; his family’s arrest; their release after his surrender to authorities; his sentence to 12 years in a prison camp by a judge associated with the SS; his imprisonment in Dachau and then in Hersbruck for a short period of time until he was transferred back to Dachau; seeing prisoners from the main camp who were separated from his barracks by a wire fence; the harsh living conditions for the KL prisoners; working in a quarry; seeing prisoners faint and die while working; seeing KL prisoners carry corpses from the barracks and work sites to roll-call; witnessing an SS soldier shoot a Latvian prisoner whose body remained in the middle of the roll-call area for three days; the arrival in Dachau of a train full of exhausted and dying people from Danzig; sanitation crews putting the bodies from the transport, some possibly still alive, on trucks for disposal; his memories of his friend Anton Kumigsreiner who looked like a living skeleton while in Dachau; and escaping Dachau with his brother and being intercepted by American forces.

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Franz Haller
interview:  2009 December 06
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:48:38
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