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Oral history interview with William Levine

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.40 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0040

William Levine, born in 1915 in Duluth, MN, describes enlisting as a private in 1942 at Fort Snelling, MN; being commissioned in the artillery in 1943 after going to officer candidate school; going to England; going through France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany; being part of the third, the ninth and later the seventh army; moving through Stuttgart, Dachau, and Munich; being aware of the existence of the concentration camps; entering Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945; conditions in the camp; how seeing death in the camp was different from seeing death in combat; finding camp guards and taking them into custody; how he was an intelligence officer at that time and interrogated the prisoners and also the citizens of the town of Dachau; the sorting of the prisoners, especially those who needed medical attention; malnutrition and typhus in the camp; speaking with camp survivors; learning about the camps from the survivors; moving to a zone of occupation by Stuttgart to take over a supply function; returning to the US in July 1946; not discussing his experiences for many years; speaking with high school students about his World War II experiences; and meeting with survivors at a world assembly in Israel in October 1990.

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Levine, William P.
interview:  1984 January 12
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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