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Oral history interview with Hayden Estey

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0129.12 | RG Number: RG-50.029.0012

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    Oral history interview with Hayden Estey


    Interview Summary
    Hayden Estey, born in Billerica, MA on August 16, 1913, discusses graduating from Harvard in 1936 as part of the ROTC; being commissioned a second lieutenant in the army; being a foreign correspondent in France for Time Life; joining the US Army after the war began and being assigned to the 11th Armored Division; landing in Normandy in December 1944; being sent to Bastogne, Belgium as part of the relief force for the 101st Airborne, which was under attack in the Battle of the Bulge; being under small arms fire from the Mauthausen railroad station before the troops reached the camp; entering Mauthausen; no one having any knowledge that it was an extermination camp; meeting a Navy lieutenant who had been imprisoned after parachuting into Austria; being escorted by the lieutenant through the camp; becoming the public relations officer for the First Infantry; going home with the 12th Armored Division; and his feelings that most of the Germans did not know about the camps.
    Hayden Estey
    Larry Papier
    interview:  1992 June 25
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Larry Papier

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Videotaped interviews must not be used in commercial stores for profit.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Estey, Hayden.

    Administrative Notes

    The interview with Hayden Estey was produced by Larry Papier as part of a project to interview Holocaust survivors in the Washington, D.C. area. This volunteer project was conducted with support and technical advice from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the interview in 1992.
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