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Oral history interview with Arthur Thompson Cook

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1285.5 | RG Number: RG-50.149.0005

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Arthur Thompson Cook describes being a second-year clinical student at St. Thomas's Hospital and being sent to assist at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in the spring of 1945; the students having some clinical experience; the condition of his allocated hut; the removal of dead bodies; setting up a clean hut for likely survivors; cleaning the inmates; the physical condition of inmates; prevalent diseases; difficulties with feeding inmates; an inmate who acted as an interpreter; relations between Russian and Polish inmates; risks of infection to medical students; burning of huts; details about the camp; seeing piles of inmates’ property; conditions when his time at the camp was over; sight-seeing in Germany after working in the camp; and his attitude towards Germans.

Interviewee
Arthur T. Cook
Date
1994 February 14  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:40:00
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