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Oral history interview with Harry Zaslow

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.125 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0125

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    Oral history interview with Harry Zaslow


    Interview Summary
    Harry Zaslow describes serving in the 283rd Field Artillery Battalion during World War II; his unit's activities on various fronts while attached to the French First Army and then the American First Army; participating in the Battle of the Bulge; how he had never heard about any German atrocities even after he joined the US Army; his unit being asked to go to a camp in April 1945; arriving in Dachau about three or four hours after the Germans either fled or were driven out of the camp; how no Allied forces had taken command yet; his shock and confusion when, as a 19-year-old boy, he saw box cars filled with corpses just outside of Dachau; staying in the camp for two hours; seeing the crematoria going full blast, still burning bodies; seeing rooms with bodies, some of which appeared to have been killed very recently; how non-German SS troops were guarded, but not killed, by some remaining inmates; the effects his experiences in Dachau had on him; and two vignettes about one positive and one negative experience as a Jewish soldier in the US Army.
    Harry Zaslow
    interview:  1989 February 28
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Zaslow, Harry, 1925-

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Harry Zaslow in Philadelphia, Pa., on February 28, 1989. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College in August 2003.
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