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Oral history interview with Donald Miller

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.45 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0045

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Donald Miller, born in Maywood, IL on December 9, 1909, describes being a medical doctor and entering the US Army in January 1943; enlisting with the 108th General Hospital and in his last year of service being in charge of the 2nd Auxiliary Surgical Group; his unit advancing towards the fighting area and stumbling on Dachau concentration camp a few hours after it was liberated; taking photos of what he saw (he shows some of these photographs to the camera); the conditions in the camp, including the victims, survivors, crematoria, and hospital; seeing boxcars full of dead people; the food boxes from the Red Cross, which the camp survivors were hesitant to open; speaking with children who were emotionally detached; the reaction of the liberating American troops; the artwork of the surviving children; remaining at Dachau for two weeks; the medical work he did in the camp; interrogating SS doctors and nurses; the townspeople, who all said they were oblivious to what had been happening in the camp; deaths from typhus; returning to the US in January 1947; and wanting to tell of his experiences in Dachau when he got home and speaking at high schools.

Interviewee
Donald Miller
Date
1984 April 27  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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