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Oral history interview with William Sanders

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1769 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1769

William Sanders discusses his experiences with the US Army 45th Division, 157th Infantry; his unit's arrival in the town of Dachau, Germany on April 29 or 30, 1945; the battle for the town; seeing train cars containing dead prisoners; seeing the camp with a prisoner as a guide; the work and punishment areas he observed and the crematoria; his experiences acting as military police in Munich two weeks later, the prisoner barracks he observed there, and the attempts by the military personnel to improve the poor conditions there; the residents of the town of Dachau claiming ignorance about the camp; the antisemitism he observed in Germany when he returned in 1966 and 1971; and his thoughts on the importance of remembering the Holocaust and preserving of the sites of the camps.


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Interviewee
William Sanders
Date
interview:  1982 February 07-1982 September 01
Language
English
Extent
2 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
 
Record last modified: 2020-02-28 12:09:35
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