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Oral history interview with Charlotte Chaney

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.51.24 | RG Number: RG-50.759.0024

Charlotte Chaney discusses her experiences during WWII when she was a 23-year-old in 1945 and a 2nd Lieutenant Nurse assigned to the 127th Evacuation Hospital; her unit being assigned to the Dachau concentration camp shortly after its liberation; not having heard of concentration camps before she entered Dachau and being shocked at what she saw; the camp’s layout, including a large courtyard, a large administration building, barracks, and warehouses with a factory where the prisoners were employed; the crematorium where there were bones scattered around; her mission which was to clean up the facility and clean up the inmates; one barrack, which had women and children, who ranged in age from babies up to 14 years old; returning to the US and initially having some difficulty adjusting to life; being able to speak with her husband about her experiences and later telling her story to middle school and high school students; her thoughts on Holocaust denial; speaking in later years with a former prisoner who ended up being a multi-millionaire, and her internal response to this encounter; and how the impressions of Dachau will always remain in back of her mind.

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Charlotte Chaney
Mary Cook
Nita Howton
interview:  1994 May 29
1 sound cassette : analog.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mary Cook and Nita Howton
Record last modified: 2020-05-27 12:50:37
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