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Oral history interview with Frederick Riches

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1285.33 | RG Number: RG-50.149.0033

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Frederick Alexander Riches describes being an ambulance driver serving with the Royal Army Service Corps; evacuating inmates from Bergen-Belsen in 1945; the smell of the camp; members of his unit; details about his job; the German Air Force strafing attack on his unit; the initial sighting of the camp; the conditions of the inmates; the treatment of the guards; disposal of bodies; a Royal Engineer bulldozer driver digging mass graves; the demeanor of German guards; the transfer of the wounded Germans by ambulance; his work evacuating inmates from the camp; choosing inmates for evacuation; the interior of huts; the condition and age of inmates; unloading inmates at the hospital; the hospital facilities; the medical treatment of inmates; the quarantine period in Norway in 1945; the reception from the Norwegians; the reprisals of the population against collaborators; more details about Bergen-Belsen, including the sight of bones in incinerators; Josef Kramer and Irma Grese; the lack of medical problems amongst British personnel; how his experiences changed his attitude towards Germans; the rate of inmate evacuations; and the rate of the disposal of bodies.

Interviewee
Frederick Riches
Date
1987 September 19  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
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