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Oral history interview with Donald Miller

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

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    Oral history interview with Donald Miller

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    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
    interview:  1984 April 27
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Extent
    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Miller, Donald, 1909-

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with Donald Miller on April 27, 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.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 08:07:13
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