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Oral history interview with Fred Walters

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.100 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0100

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    Oral history interview with Fred Walters


    Interview Summary
    Frederick A. Walters describes being a Jewish soldier, serving in the 474th Infantry Regiment of the US Army; being aware of the existence of concentration camps from the Stars and Stripes and Armed Forces Radio Network but did not think he would ever witness them; entering Buchenwald in April 1945; being shocked to see the dead in the camp and the appalling conditions of approximately 150 surviving prisoners; how his regiment was not responsible for the care of the survivors but gave them army rations until food until medical care arrived; his memory of a man who gave prisoners money and may have been Edward R. Morrow; the shock of his regiment in witnessing the realities of the camp and how they had refused to believe published and broadcasted reports; how no official or unofficial meetings were held to discuss their reactions and no regimental history documents the experience; the denial of the Weimar townspeople to having knowledge of camp activities; being shipped to Norway to handle the surrender of German army units; finding that German soldiers denied knowledge of camps and did not believe his eyewitness testimony; the presence of the same disbelief in the US upon his return; and his thoughts on sharing his experience for the first time since the war.
    Fred Walters
    interview:  1988 February 01
    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
    Walters, Fred.

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Fred Walters in Philadelphia, PA on February 1, 1988. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on October 17, 2000.
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