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Oral history interview with Ron WG Jones

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

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    Oral history interview with Ron WG Jones


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Ron Jones
    Duncan Little
    interview:  2012 July 09

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Topical Term
    Bombing, Aerial--Poland. Concentration camp guards. Concentration camp inmates--Poland--Oswiecim. Concentration camp theater--Poland. Death marches. Draftees--Great Britain. Forced labor--Poland. Gas chambers. Holocaust survivors--United States. Men--Personal narratives. Prison theater. Prisoner-of-war camps--Germany. Prisoner-of-war camps--Italy--Brindisi. Prisoners of war--Germany. Prisoners of war--Italy. Prisoners of war--Libya. Prisoners of war--Personal narratives. Prisoners of war--Poland--Oswiecim. Prisoners of war--Recreation--Poland. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Welsh. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Italian. World War, 1939-1945--Psychological aspects. World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--Great Britain.
    Personal Name
    Jones, Ron, 1917-

    Administrative Notes

    Duncan Little, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Ron WG Jones in Bassaleg, Wales on July 9, 2012. The interview is part of a series of Museum-produced interviews with British POWs.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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