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Zaro Calabrese testimony of the liberation of Ohrdruf

Document | Not Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0112 | RG Number: RG-09.019.01

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    Description
    Contains information about the liberation experiences of Zaro Calabrese at Ohrdruf concentration camp in April 1945.
    Date
    creation:  1992
    Collection Creator
    Zaro Calabrese
    Biography
    Rosario "Zaro" Calabrese served as a member of the 3rd US Cavalry Group, which was attached to the 4th Armored Division of the US Army. The 4th Division landed at Utah Beach in Normandy on July 11, 1944 and entered combat in France. They played a significant role in the breakout from the Normandy beachhead and the liberation of France in 1944, and then fought their way through Germany. On April 4, 1945, they liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp, a subcamp of Buchenwald, the first concentration camp to be liberated by American troops. General Eisenhower visited the camp on April 12. When Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945, the Division was in Czechoslovakia. The 4th was placed on occupation duty until inactivated on April 26, 1946. Zaro settled in New Jersey.

    Physical Details

    Extent
    1 folder

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Calabrese, Zaro.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Original letter dated 23 Oct. 1992 and attached diagram of a barrack at Ohrdruf were created by the donor. He sent them to Elizabeth Koening, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Library Director, and included copies of two pages from the book "Inside the Vicious Heart," which he had annotated concerning his own recollections of the scenes depicted. Ms. Koenig forwarded these materials to the United States in Oct 1992 and Mr. Calabrese signed a Deed of Gift for them the following month.
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