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Oral history interview with Leonard Parker

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0126.47 | RG Number: RG-50.156.0047

Leonard Parker, born circa 1925 in Poland, discusses his family’s move to Milwaukee, WI when Leonard was two months old; being raised Jewish; speaking Yiddish; the beginning of the war; entering the US Army in 1943; serving in the 44th Infantry Division; landing in southern France 1944; moving north and experiencing combat through France and the Vosges Mountains; crossing the Siegfried Line; going to Dachau, which looked like a permanent military camp; being sent into the camp with another soldier; seeing prisoners who looked like sticks in rags; being overwhelmed by the smell in the camp; seeing 20-30 flatcars piled with dead bodies; the crematorium; speaking Yiddish to the prisoners, which surprised them; seeing people dying in the barracks; the roundup of the medical people who had earlier performed medical experiments on the prisoners; and still being horrified by his memories of the furnaces with ash and body parts.


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Interviewee
Leonard Parker
Interviewer
Rhoda G. Lewin
Date
interview:  1987 March 10
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-31 14:27:15
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