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Oral history interview with Jack Bertges

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.8.2 | RG Number: RG-50.063.0002

Jack Bertges describes fighting in the Battle of the Bulge under General Patton’s army as head of his platoon; traveling across the Rhine; his opinions on the German military; having no idea of the atrocities being committed against the Jewish people until they were almost in Czechoslovakia; liberating Buchenwald; his pictures of the camp (which he shows); speaking with the surviving inmates; burying Nazi soldiers; how his unit spent four months in Germany; returning to the United States in August 1945; how seeing the concentration camps eliminated all his prejudices; his life after the war; and the importance of remembering the Holocaust.

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Jack Bertges
interview:  1989 October 12
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from Holocaust Center of the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:32:28
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