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Oral history interview with Harold Healy

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0444.12 | RG Number: RG-50.467.0012

Harold Healy discusses his experiences during WWII; being a 23-year-old Captain in 1945 assigned as the Operations Officer in a Light Field Artillery Battalion of the 42nd Rainbow Division, which had chased the German Army into Austria; writing a letter at the end of the war to his parents and brother describing his experience when he visited the Dachau concentration camp about a week after its capture; he remembers how the smell of dead bodies confined in 50 railway cars still permeated the area; the experience proving to be unforgettable and fortifying his belief in the righteousness of the involvement of the US in World War II; and remaining in Austria, where he was involved with occupation duties, until his return to the US in August 1946.


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Interviewee
Harold Healy
Interviewer
Debbie F. Benezra
Date
interview:  1995 July 15
Language
English
Extent
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: 2020-03-26 09:35:46
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