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Oral history interview with Leon J. Freedman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.264.12 | RG Number: RG-50.234.0012

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

Leon J. Freedman (b. March 5, 1913) discusses his position as a private in the 76th Division of Company C Second Platoon; discovering Buchenwald and exploring the camp; being asked to go to the camp to attempt to entertain and cheer up the survivors; his interactions with survivors; the large number of female Hungarian survivors; his memories of one small, frail woman who sat down on a battered piano and played beautiful, classical music, and how he and the other soldiers were very affected by this; being transferred and not seeing any other camps; exploring a castle in the countryside, including its elaborate halls and ancient artifacts as well as its pro-Nazi owners; and the importance of teaching future generations about the Holocaust.

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