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Oral history interview with Alfred Sundquist

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1269.21 | RG Number: RG-50.470.0021

Dr. Alfred B. Sundquist, a major and physician with the XVIII Airborne during WWII, discusses being stationed a few miles from Ludwigslust, Germany; being instructed to go to a small concentration camp (Wöbbelin) and report back; arriving in a jeep, and seeing that the Germans had already left; conditions at the camp, which took up a few acres and had no crematoria and a couple of barracks; seeing corpses piled up and prisoners with striped uniforms who were too weak to get up; seeing the physical results of starvation in the former prisoners, including the loss of teeth and swollen legs; seeing evidence of cannibalism; writing a report recommending survivors be sent to apartments in Ludwigslust; many survivors dying from complications from starvation; the 82nd Airborne connecting to the 18th Airborne; the civilian Germans from the town being made to dig graves and attend funerals for the camp’s victims; taking pictures of the camp (he donated these pictures to USHMM); his thoughts on the local Germans of Ludwigslust; and his thoughts on Hitler’s mental health.


Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Interviewee
Alfred Sundquist
Interviewer
Sandra Bradley
Date
interview:  1995 February 20
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (D2) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
 
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