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Oral history interview with John R. Hallowell

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.264.16 | RG Number: RG-50.234.0016

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John R. Hallowell, born September 27, 1920 in the United States, discusses being a staff sergeant in the 157th Infantry of the 45th Infantry Division during the liberation of Dachau; hearing rumors about concentration camps from fellow soldiers; his arrival at Dachau; seeing boxcars with dead bodies inside; fighting the German guards at Dachau; the condition of the surviving prisoners; the prisoners’ lack of emotions; continuing to Munich, Germany the following day; escorting a Life reporter into the camp; speaking with the inmates; how some of the inmates tried to attack the German prisoners of war; speaking with the German civilians, who declared they had no idea what was happening in the camps; how he has coped with the memories of his wartime experiences; what he believes people can learn from the Holocaust; and how the war affected his religious beliefs.

Interviewee
John R. Hallowell
Interviewer
Susan Singer
Date
1981 October  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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