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Oral history interview with Walter Gray

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

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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.

Interviewee
Walter Gray
Date
1982 December 20  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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