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Oral history interview with Thomas Batanides

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.393 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0393

Thomas Batanides describes his childhood in a religious Greek orthodox family; speaking only Greek at home; his eight siblings; being drafted into the war in 1942 when he was 19 years old; being trained in Oregon and then going to Colorado; serving in the 104th Infantry Division of the United States Army; being sent to France in 1944 and entering Normandy 90 days after D-Day; going to Belgium, Poland, and Germany; first hearing of the concentration and death camps through word-of-mouth about two weeks before they entered one; entering Nordhausen concentration camp and helping to liberate the prisoners; the horrific conditions he witnessed; how this experience affected him; and finally speaking with the rest of his infantry division at a reunion in 1982 about what they had witnessed in the camp.

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Thomas Batanides
interview:  2001 August 08
Oral histories.
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:34:57
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