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Oral history interview with Ron WG Jones

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.448.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0709

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Ron Jones, born April 30, 1917 in Bassaleg, Newport, Wales, discusses being drafted into the British Army in September 1940; being sent to Cairo, Egypt to join the First Battalion Welsh Regiment; his capture by Rommel’s forces near Benghazi, Libya in January 1942; being taken to Tripoli and sent to Naples, Italy via cargo boat and imprisoned in Camp 065 in Brindisi, Italy; his transfer to the Germans; being taken first to Stalag IVB in Moosburg, Germany and then to Stalag VIII-B near Lambinowice, Poland; being chosen as one of 280 prisoners to work at the I.G. Farben factory at Auschwitz; witnessing brutality against Jews in Auschwitz; being aware of the gas chambers and crematoria; giving food to Jews he encountered at the factory; receiving a ring from a Jewish prisoner with whom he had shared food; being treated relatively well by the guards assigned to the British prisoners; seeing a German officer shoot one of the British prisoners in an argument and hearing that the officer was sent to the Russian front as punishment; being jailed in town for smuggling eggs into the camp; playing football with fellow prisoners on Sunday afternoons; putting on stage plays in the camp; listening to a radio assembled by other prisoners; experiencing the bombing of Auschwitz in 1944; giving a Rolex watch he had bought with cigarettes to a German officer in exchange for bread during the march out of Auschwitz; being liberated by American soldiers in April 1945 in Regensburg, Germany; returning to his job after the war; suffering both physical and psychological effects as a result of his wartime experiences; his decision to only share his story with his family in the years following the war; returning to Auschwitz in 1999 and receiving press attention; and his disbelief of stories of British POWs swapping places with Jewish prisoners.

Interviewee
Ron Jones
Interviewer
Duncan Little
Date
2012 July 09  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital files : MPEG-4.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:22:47
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