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Oral history interview with Philip Bonner

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.101 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0101

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    Oral history interview with Philip Bonner


    Interview Summary
    Philip Bonner describes being in the 159th Engineer Batallion, 3rd and 9th Army; participating in combat in Normandy, Brittany, the Battle of the Bulge, and Germany; the atrocities committed by Germans against French resistance fighters; arriving in Buchenwald on April 17, 1945 several hours after its liberation; conditions at Buchenwald and seeing piles of bodies, evidence of mass cremations, and semi-starved survivors; the reaction of the survivors to the liberators and the harmful effect of giving survivors their rations; his other war experiences, including encounters with German soldiers and civilians; his unit building a camp in Antwerp, Belgium housing German prisoners of war; his thoughts about the causes of Hitler’s rise to power and Germany’s role in World War II and the Holocaust; and his hope that his testimony will help to prevent future Holocausts.
    Philip Bonner
    interview:  1990 November 29
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

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    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Philip Bonner in Philadelphia, Pa., on November 29, 1990. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College in August 2003.
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