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Oral history interview with Brian Bishop

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

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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.

Interviewee
Brian Bishop
Interviewer
Duncan Little
Date
2012 July 10  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital files : MPEG-4.