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Oral history interview with Charles Press

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0129.27 | RG Number: RG-50.029.0027

Charles Press, born on May 30, 1920 in Harrisburg, PA, describes joining the US Army in July of 1943; being sent to Camp Edwards, MA and being in the 572nd Anti-Aircraft Battalion; serving in Europe and after the war was assigned to the Flossenbürg concentration camp with the 90th Infantry Division; how he had never heard about concentration camps; the emaciated conditions of the few survivors and the conditions they lived in; trying to help the survivors and going to services with them; his job guarding SS troops, who he described as arrogant and without remorse; how he never discussed what he saw, but asked questions of others about their reactions to the Holocaust; and how even in his later years, he still cannot describe his own reactions, although he is eager to talk about the Holocaust.


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Interviewee
Charles Press
Interviewer
Larry Papier
Date
interview:  1992 June 28
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Larry Papier
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:34:54
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