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Oral history interview with Roy Allen

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.29 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0029

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    Oral history interview with Roy Allen


    Interview Summary
    Roy Allen describes being an American pilot with the 457th Bomb group, 8th Air Force during World War II; being shot down over France and rescued by the French underground; being given a French identity and hiding in Jouy-le-Châtel and in Paris; being betrayed by a Belgian girl and captured by the Gestapo on August 1, 1944; being charged as a spy and not a prisoner of war; being imprisoned in Fresnes Penitentiary in Paris for one week and then sent to Buchenwald; the instructions US pilots were given before each mission and his experiences with the French underground; his arrival and processing at Buchenwald; the starvation and primitive living conditions in the camp; seeing the crematorium and witnessing the killing of prisoners by injection and by drowning in vats of ice water; the manufacturing of the V-2 rockets at Buchenwald; his interrogation at the prison in Fresnes, which established his status as military personnel; being transferred to Stalag Luft 3 at Sagan (Żagań, Poland) and treated as a prisoner of war; his treatment in Stalag 3 versus conditions in Buchenwald; being marched to Moosburg; being liberated by Patton’s 14th Armored division; and why he feels that World War II was justified.
    Roy Allen
    interview:  1987 December 23
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Allen, Roy, 1918-

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Roy Allen in Philadelphia, PA on December 23, 1987. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on September 22, 1998.
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