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Oral history interview with Nino deProphetis

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.33 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0033

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    Oral history interview with Nino deProphetis


    Interview Summary
    Nino deProphetis describes serving with the US Army in Europe from November 1944 to December 1945; being the commanding officer of the 81st Armored Medical Battalion, part of the 11th Armored Division of General Patton’s Third Army; leading a contingent of 30 men to Mauthausen concentration camp after the Nazis had left in April 1945; his entry into the camp and seeing the bodies of thousands of inmates; seeing two gas chambers; how his unit was only equipped to treat battle casualties and was quickly reinforced with troops that brought an abundance of food; the subsequent deaths of surviving prisoners by overfeeding; the terrible malnutrition and gastrointestinal disease of most prisoners; the immediate disposal of dead bodies into a trench; General Patton’s orders for local citizens to exhume the bodies of former inmates and rebury them in individual graves; supervising the evacuation of patients for the following two weeks until he was transferred to the Gmunden area, near Salzburg; being placed in charge, as Burgermeister, of Attersee; and remaining with the Army of Occupation for six months, in charge of all battalion vehicles until his return to the US.
    Nino deProphetis
    interview:  1987 November 06
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    deProphetis, Nino.

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Nino de Prophetis in Philadelphia, Pa., on November 6, 1987. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on September 22, 1998.
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