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Oral history interview with Francis Roberts

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.264.23 | RG Number: RG-50.234.0023

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General Francis Roberts describes participating in the liberation of Niederhagen as a part of the United States 3rd Army; being part of the Southern flank of General Montgomery's group; being unsure of what the camp was or its function before being told to check it out; how he and another officer were the first ones to enter; meeting two Jews dressed in uniforms, who were skilled workers and took them on a tour of the camp; how the SS and most of the inmates had already left; being shown two volumes of records that told the number of casualties; his views on why the German soldiers committed immoral acts; seeing the gas chambers and crematoriums in the camp; slave labor in factories and farms; being in charge of Munich, Germany and keeping watch over SS troops; searching for SS soldiers in a hospital that was run by a priest; how the soldiers tried to determine the nationalities of the prisoners in the camps; and his views on the media.

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