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Oral history interview with Patrick Costrine, Samuel Durfey, Stephen Hord, and Joseph Dietrich

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.7 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0007

Patrick Costrine, Stephen Hord, Joseph Dietrich, and Samuel Durfey were members of the 209th Buffalo Regiment, which had about 800 men. They describe participating in the campaigns in North Africa, Italy, Southern France, and Germany; arriving at Dachau concentration camp on May 6, 1945; their lack of awareness of what was going on in the camp; being ordered to wait two days before entering the camp so that the medical corps could clean up the area; conditions in the camp and seeing the remains of many dead bodies as well as the gas chambers and crematoriums; the surviving prisoners; finding several stacks of shoes and several bunkers where prisoners had been tortured; the six to eight weeks it took to remove the dead and take those still alive to hospitals; German civilians helping with the clean up and claiming they knew nothing of the activities in the camp; returning home in July and many people finding it hard to believe their stories; feeling bad that the United States sheltered so many Nazis; and their thoughts on the Allies bombing rail lines.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Samuel Durfey
Stephen Hord
Joseph Dietrich
Mrs. Toby Back
interview:  1990 August
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:03
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