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Oral history interview with Philip Drell

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

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    Oral history interview with Philip Drell


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Mr. Philip Drell
    interview:  1984 February 10
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    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 Philip Drell on February 10, 1984. 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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