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Oral history interview with George Tievsky

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.264.28 | RG Number: RG-50.234.0028

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George Tievsky, a liberator of Dachau, discusses volunteering to join the U.S. Army in January 1944; serving as a captain of the medical corps attached to the 66th Field Unit Hospital of the 7th Army in Germany in late 1944; being part of a mobile surgical unit that only took the most critically wounded; being sent on May 2, 1945 to Allach, a sub camp of Dachau, due to the typhus epidemic; his reaction to Dachau; the physical condition of the former prisoners; a letter to his future wife describing conditions in the camp and the inmates’ medical problems; emotions he felt as a Jewish doctor treating camp inmates; his attitude at the time towards Germans; the town of Dachau; his views on why the world ignored the Holocaust and what Americans knew before entering Germany; the contents of a lecture he attended by Jan Karski, a Polish resistance fighter; his views on why the Allies did not take action against the camps; antisemitism in America and the U.S. Army; why he thinks the Holocaust could happen again; and how his experiences at Dachau both haunt him and reinforce his commitment to Judaism.

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