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Oral history interview with Irving Bashevkin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.368.1 | RG Number: RG-50.903.0001

Irving Bashevkin (born in 1924 in North Adams, Massachusetts) describes entering Buchenwald concentration camp as an American Jewish soldier; seeing the inmates in the barracks and the crematorium; finding it difficult to comprehend the camp; being in the camp just to witness it; not always being aware of exactly where they were as his unit traveled through France, Belgium, and Germany; the conditions of the concentration camp survivors; the local German civilians claiming not to know what was happening in the camp; the smells in the camp; the subtle and blatant antisemitism in the US Army; and not celebrating Jewish holidays while he was in the army.

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Irving Bashevkin
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rachel Bashevkin
Record last modified: 2020-07-22 15:52:04
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