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Oral history interview with Philip DiGiorgio

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.103 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0103

Philip DiGiorgio describes serving in E Company, 232nd Regiment, 42nd Division of the Seventh Army during World War II; some of his combat experiences and the heavy losses his division took; entering Dachau in April, 1945 shortly after it was liberated, under orders to clear all the buildings and tunnels and then to move on; seeing some survivors and a few guards who tried to blend in with them, a lampshade made out of human skin, and many so-called "Forty and Eights" (cattle cars stacked with bodies ready for cremation); how what he saw at Dachau profoundly affected him, renewed his will to fight, and increased his religious observance; and being moved to testify because of his perception of widespread disbelief about the Holocaust.


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Interviewee
DiGiorgio, Philip
Date
interview:  1994 December 06
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive
 
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:49:33
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