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Oral history interview with Charles Froug

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0123.1.1 | RG Number: RG-50.035.01.0001

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Charles Froug, a medical officer in the United States Army during World War II, discusses his memories of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp; being the general surgeon with an evacuation hospital; being stationed in Rosenheim during the last week of April 1945; coming upon the open gates of Dachau and seeing the conditions of the camp and inmates; the Jewish and political prisoners (including Lutheran and Catholic clergy members); the crematoria; how he and the other Jewish members of the unit, about 18 doctors, went to the camp to say the Kaddish prayer for the dead; how 8,000 people were marched from the city to dig a large, single grave (200 by 50 by 10 feet); his commanding officer having the mayor of Rosenheim arrested and interrogated; being transferred to Lake Kimze (Chiemsee); treating American and German soldiers with equal priority; going to Hof, Germany; how much angrier they were after finding Dachau, since they had no knowledge of any of the camps beforehand; speaking to the B'nai B'rith about his experiences during his first week home; the fate of the 800 people saved at Dachau; speaking with inmates in Dachau during the first day there; prisoners dying from starvation and typhus; and Barbi's trial and his attorney's reference to French cruelty to the Algerians.

Interviewee
Charles Froug
Date
1987 May 12  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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