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Oral history interview with Harry Zaslow

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

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.

Interviewee
Harry Zaslow
Date
1989 February 28  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, gift of the Holocaust Oral History Archive of Gratz College
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