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Oral history interview with Anthony Cardinale and William Clayton

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0444.11 | RG Number: RG-50.467.0011

Anthony (Tony) Cardinale (who was a 19-year-old Private First Class radio operator assigned to Headquarters Company of the 222nd Regiment in 1945), and William (Bill) Clayton (who was a rifleman In Company E, of the 2nd Battalion in the same unit which was part of the 42nd Rainbow Division during WWII), discuss their involvement in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp; reporting their sighting of 25-30 box cars full of dead bodies, presumably of former inmates of the Buchenwald concentration camp; finding one person alive amidst all those bodies and evacuating him to a hospital; the initial quiet in the camp until the prisoners were able to determine that they were liberated; the pandemonium that broke out as the former inmates thanked the Americans; a few SS soldiers who tried to evade capture by posing as prisoners but were pointed out by the former inmates; seeing stacked-up bodies at the crematorium; and their urging that children be told the truth about the camps to preclude the acceptance of revisionist history.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
William Clayton
Anthony Cardinale
Constance Bernstein
Lamed V. Landwirth
interview:  1995 July 15
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Survivors and Surviving Generations of the Holocaust
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 17:13:35
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