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Oral history interview with John W. Bizukiewicz

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.51.13 | RG Number: RG-50.759.0013

John Bizukiewicz, a 20-year-old in 1945 and a Private First Class (PFC) Assistant Machine Gunner in Company A, 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, discusses his unit’s approach of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria towards the end of WWII; being wounded during the Battle of the Bulge; their sister unit, the 65th Armored Infantry Regiment, which had liberated Mauthausen; approaching the camp and hundreds of skinny men, women, and children (probably between 12 and 16 years old) in striped prison uniforms walking along the road; not having a chance to talk to them as his unit pressed on; entering the camp and looking into the barracks; seeing former inmates still on their bunks; seeing the crematorium, which had been cleaned up; the doctors who had arrived to tend to the inmates; not staying long since his unit had to move on; being sent home to await recall for shipment to the war in the Pacific, but the war ended and he was discharged; returning to the Mauthausen camp in 1984, and participating in one of the yearly reunions; and his lack of communication about his WWII experiences with his family and friends.


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Interviewee
John W. Bizukiewicz
Interviewer
Mary Cook
Nita Howton
Date
interview:  1994 July 17
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette : analog.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mary Cook and Nita Howton
 
Record last modified: 2020-07-27 15:22:17
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