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Oral history interview with Julius Eingorn

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.77 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0077

Dr. Julius Eingorn describes serving with the 79th Infantry Division, Third Army in a special 12 unit dispensary that liberated Ohrdruf in April 1945; how there were no survivors; what he saw there, including evidence of primitive cremations and the prisoners marched out of Ohrdruf and killed just before liberation; General Eisenhower’s orders that all service men had to tour the camp; how in May 1945 his unit entered an unnamed labor camp near either Weida or Werdau; talking to many of the 150 surviving Jewish Hungarian girls in Yiddish; hearing their stories about the selections and life in the camp; stopping at a German hospital for Polish and Russian prisoners and discovering that out of 1500 patients only 400 survived; his unit’s liberation of British prisoners of war; encountering streams of German refugees fleeing the Russian Army; accepting the surrender of whole German divisions; interviewing many people around Ohrdruf who all felt no guilt and pleaded total ignorance of what happened there; and his reflections on what he saw during the war and the need for constant vigilance to prevent another Holocaust.

Interviewee
Dr. Julius Eingorn
Date
1989 January 02  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from the Gratz College Hebrew Education Society
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