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Oral history interview with Marion L. Morr

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.51.92 | RG Number: RG-50.759.0092

Marion Morr discusses his experiences during WWII when, in 1945, he was a 24-year-old Army Corporal assigned to headquarters company of the XV Corps; his unit fighting through Italy and Southern France; approaching the Dachau concentration camp as the war was coming to an end; seeing 10 or 12 railway cars filled with dead bodies, all men; his shock at the sight; walking around the camp and seeing men, aged mid-teens to late 60s, all almost starved to death, wearing little clothing; the poor sleeping conditions in the barracks; seeing the crematorium, where in an adjacent room naked corpses were stacked up; the reactions of his fellow soldiers; inmates who had killed some of the guards; many former prisoners being happy about liberation; seeing a woman’s prison in France, where the prisoners were in a far better condition; finding out later that Dachau was not even one of the worst concentration camps; visiting the area about 45 years later but not returning to the camp; and not talking too much about his experiences except upon his return from combat, to family and friends where he needed to show pictures since it was too hard to explain otherwise.


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Interviewee
Marion L. Morr
Interviewer
Mary Cook
Nita Howton
Date
interview:  1994 May 21
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: 2020-05-27 12:50:57
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