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Oral history interview with James Dorris

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0444.13 | RG Number: RG-50.467.0013

James Dorris, an infantry soldier during World War II, discusses being assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division; arriving in Europe just before the Battle of the Bulge; going towards Munich, Germany; participating in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp; how this experience affected his subsequent views on life; being unprepared for this mission; his memories of the approach to the camp and the smell of the dead bodies from the crematorium which permeated the air and proved unforgettable; the 40 railway cars full of starved and machine-gunned bodies with but one survivor; the other prisoners in the camp and his interaction with one of them, which filled him with awe about the goodness in midst of all the evil of mankind; his views on following orders and preventing war; and the happenings at the liberation’s 50th anniversary.


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Interviewee
James Dorris
Interviewer
Peter Ryan
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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