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Oral history interview with Herschel Auerbach

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

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.

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Auerbach, Herschel
interview:  1982 October 20
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:43:54
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