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Oral history interview with Reginald Ashby

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.264.1 | RG Number: RG-50.234.0001

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Reginald Ashby (b. February 12, 1920) discusses how he enlisted and became a member of the 11th Army Division; liberating the Gusen I concentration camp; receiving no information about concentration camps prior to seeing it; having seen prisoners of war, had escaped from camps, a few days before they arrived at Gusen; seeing the camp for the first time as a U.S. Staff Sergeant; meeting former inmates at Mauthausen-Gusen; seeing prisoners in various stages of starvation and dead bodies lying all around; the indifference of the German civilian population as to what was going on in the camps; how his unit did not receive orders on how to deal with the camp; how he coped with his war experience; and what he thinks people should learn from the Holocaust.

Interviewee
Reginald Ashby
Date
1981 October  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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