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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.


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Interviewee
Dr. Julius Eingorn
Date
interview:  1989 January 02
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:33:11
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