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Oral history interview with Richard M. Good

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.51.46 | RG Number: RG-50.759.0046

Richard Good discusses his experiences during WWII when, in 1945, he was a 20-year-old Technician -5 (pay equal to a corporal) soldier engaged as a driver of the Service Company Commander of the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division; entering the Dachau concentration camp shortly after its capture; the surprise he and his unit experienced at seeing the camp; the concentration camp guards who were caught in the area and were taken prisoner and sent off to a POW camp about 10 miles away; the gate of the camp which was left open, and how he thinks this was probably a mistake since some prisoners left to find food (this could have been hazardous to their health if they over ate); seeing hundreds of former inmates still alive, many of whom were in the yard and looked like skin and bones wearing striped prison uniforms; how it was still cold and there was some snow on the ground; the soldiers’ attempts to help by giving their food, but they had to be careful not to give too much; seeing hundreds of naked corpses in a long pit beyond the crematorium, where he also saw piles of ashes strewn around; a large room that was filled with children shoes, clothing, and human hair; the smell in the camp; a German guard who tried to hide by wearing a prison uniform, but his well-fed appearance gave him away and he was shipped off to the POW camp; learning more about the concentration camps after returning to the United States; and how his experience in the war strengthened his religious beliefs.

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Richard M. Good
Mary Cook
Nita Howton
interview:  1994 April 23
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 12:50:14
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