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Oral history interview with Brian Bishop

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.450.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0711

Brian Bishop, born October 30, 1920 in Portslade, Sussex, England, discusses joining the British Army in 1939; being in the 50th division; the Battle of Dunkirk; being evacuated from Dunkirk; being stationed in North Africa in 1941; his capture by Rommel’s forces near Tobruk, Libya; his transfer from the Germans to the Italians; being taken to an Italian POW camp; his transfer to a second Italian POW camp (PG52) and then to the German POW camp Stalag VIIIB; volunteering to join a work party and being taken by cattle truck to Auschwitz in October 1943; working in the I.G. Farben factory; witnessing the abuse of Jewish prisoners by kapos; experiencing the August 1944 bombing of Auschwitz; receiving Red Cross packages and bartering some of the contents with civilians for bread and eggs; being marched out of Auschwitz as the Russians approached; being liberated by American soldiers in Bavaria and taken to France; psychological problems from his experience in the camps; his medical discharge from the military; attending college and training for a career in electronics; revisiting Auschwitz years later; and his feelings about the suffering he witnessed, both on the battlefield and in the concentration camp.

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Bishop, Brian
Little, Duncan
interview:  2012 July 10
1 digital files : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:52:35
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