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Oral history interview with Herbert Bitter

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0416 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0065

Herbert Jerome Bitter, born August 4, 1919 in New York City, discusses his parents who were Romanian immigrants; growing up in a Jewish neighborhood in Manhattan; becoming more religious during his service in the United Sates Army from 1943 to 1945; his experiences at Ohrdruf in 1945 soon after the Germans evacuated the camp; seeing three U.S. generals, Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton, at the camp on April 5, 1945; the generals’ return visit on April 12, 1945 with photographers; how the freed inmates at Ohrdruf were eager to tell their stories to the American liberators; the effect of witnessing the horrors of the Holocaust had on his Jewish identity; and his reluctance to talk about his experiences during the war, especially to children.

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Herbert Bitter
Gail Schwartz
interview:  1997 May 19
1 sound cassette (74 min.).
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:32:03
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