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Oral history interview with Ethel Stafford

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1263.31 | RG Number: RG-50.166.0031

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Ethel J. Stafford, born in 1923 in New York, NY, describes growing up in an immigrant neighborhood; attending public school; graduating from nurses training in 1944; entering the US Army as a nurse in June 1944; being sent to England and Wales then Normandy, France; going to Germany; her work as an operating room supervisor; not knowing about the concentration camps before April 1945; arriving in Gardelegen, Germany in April 1945 and taking over the German hospital; finding evidence of the Gardelegen massacre; finding some survivors in the nearby camp (Mittelbau-Dora); how the civilians of Gardelegen were forced to see the massacre and bury the victims; what the Germans in Berlin said about the US soldiers; her reaction to what they found in the camp; and the importance of remembering the Holocaust.

Interviewee
Ethel Stafford
Date
1992 April 23  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videotape reel (1" Type C) : sound, color ; 1 in..
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