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Oral history interview with Walter Gray

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.346.22 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0022

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    Oral history interview with Walter Gray


    Interview Summary
    Dr. Walter Dennis Gray, born on July 20, 1925 in Yakataw, Washington, describes being a private in the Regimental Headquarters Company of the 354th Regiment unit part of the 89th Division, which was part of Patton's 3rd Army; his division's route through Germany; maintaining a log while in Germany, even though many soldiers were not allowed to; one of his jobs running observation posts, one of which was outside Ohrdruf; entering Ohrdruf concentration camp with his unit; being toured around the camp; the condition of the inmates; spending several hours at the camp; meeting Jewish and non-Jewish Belgians, French, Russians, and Poles in the camp; the importance of giving testimony on what happened during the Holocaust; his experiences with displaced persons (DP) camps; being transferred from the 89th Division to the 83rd, which ran a series of DP camps; his duties from December 1945 until April 1946 to keep a tally of the number of persons every day in the camp in the city of Linz, Austria; returning to the US in April 1946; the upheaval in Europe at the time; trying to teach his students about the origins of racism and genocide and the terrible consequences they can have; being influenced strongly by Hannah Aaron's book “The Origins of Totalitarianism”; and his view of Holocaust denial.
    Walter Gray
    interview:  1982 December 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 Walter Gray on December 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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