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Oral history interview with William R. Barton

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.137.6 | RG Number: RG-50.010.0006

William R. Barton, born in 1915 in Georgia, USA, discusses working before and after the war in Riches Department Store in Atlanta, Georgia; serving in the 222 Infantry Regiment, 42 Rainbow Division in the medical detachment as a technical sergeant; being with the first group to enter Dachau; not being prepared for what they saw; seeing boxcars filled with dead bodies; the horrible stench; the camp survivors who were only skin and bones; staying in the camp for only 2-3 hours and leaving without having much interaction with the survivors; his sympathies for the German civilians; and his current views of Germans and Japanese.


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Interviewee
William R. Barton
Interviewer
Kaethe Solomon
Date
interview:  1979 June 14
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
 
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 10:42:56
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