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Oral history interview with Herschel Auerbach

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.346.2 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0002

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    Oral history interview with Herschel Auerbach


    Interview Summary
    Hershel Auerbach, born June 3, 1918 in New York, NY, describes being a captain in the US Army during World War II; the composition of his unit, which investigated war crimes, captured criminals, and participated in the interrogation of people who had committed crimes; their work at Hadamar, doing autopsies on corpses; finding that many inmates had died of injections and locating some of the responsible medical personnel; going to Nordhausen and capturing the camp with the 69th Division; the inmates in Nordhausen and speaking to them in Yiddish; speaking with German civilians, who claimed they didn't know what went on in the camps; going to Zeitz, Germany, where a train of inmates had been burned; going to a labor camp south of Leipzig, Germany, where prisoners of war had been forced to dig an underground munitions factory; working with the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF); his unit being desensitized to the sight of death but feeling different because of his Jewish identity; and the importance of sharing Holocaust memories.
    Herschel Auerbach
    interview:  1982 October 20
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

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    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with Herschel Auerbach on October 20, 1982. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the tape of the interview from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois on December 12, 1989.
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