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Oral history interview with Philip Drell

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.10 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0010

Philip Drell, born in Chicago, IL in 1919, describes being a student at the Chicago Teacher's College in September 1942 when he enlisted in the US Army; being assigned to the Special Motion Pictures Coverage Unit, which covered World War II news in Europe; covering the events in Normandy, France as well as the liberation of Paris; the unit’s leader, George Stevens, and the involvement of Irwin Shaw, Leicester Hemingway, and Ernest Hemingway; his unit convincing a German to go up in front of the French Chamber of Deputies waving a tablecloth, to convince the Nazi's to surrender; taking pictures in Dachau concentration camp; the things he witnessed in Dachau; speaking with the S.S. guards and survivors; continuously taking pictures and shooting film because he was afraid he would miss something; the prisoners having a huge thanksgiving ceremony after the liberation; going back through Belgium to a displaced persons camp (he shares many of the photographs he took during his time in Europe); the camera he used; and returning to Paris then the US after a few months.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Mr. Philip Drell
interview:  1984 February 10
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2021-02-09 13:16:47
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