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Oral history interview with Lewellyn Zullinger and Henry Dejarnet

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.264.30 | RG Number: RG-50.234.0030

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

Lewellyn Zullinger discusses his experiences liberating the Ohrdruf concentration camp in April 1945; being encouraged by military commanders to visit the camp; taking pictures of the camp; how it felt different from when he saw death on the battlefield; seeing no living prisoners and learning that the Nazis had evacuated or shot all living prisoners in anticipation of the Allies’ arrival; witnessing local Germans burying bodies in the camp; and his thoughts on Holocaust denial and the importance of educating the public about the Holocaust.
Henry Dejarnet his experiences as a liberator at the Dachau concentration camp; seeing a “death train” where only one prisoner had survived; encountering few SS officers at the camp; being instructed not to fire his gun in the camp and to keep order; being hugged and kissed by prisoners; taking collaborators out of the camp to protect them from prisoners; taking a bath in a cooking vat and staying the night in the SS barracks of the camp; not sharing his story for many years; and his thoughts on Holocaust education and the importance of speaking out.
Note: A recording of the interview with Richard Elberfeld begins at minute 25 in part 1. To see the full record for the recording of Elberfeld, search by his name or by RG-50.234*0030.

Interviewee
Henry Dejarnet
Lewellyn Zullinger
Date
1981 October  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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