Oral History Interview with Anonymous Liberator

Individual was a Captain in the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) of the United States Army during World War II. He entered Dachau Concentration Camp in April 1945, a few days after liberation, to interrogate Nazis who stayed behind because they wanted to be questioned by Americans not Russians. He was taken on a tour of Dachau and describes what he saw and heard, including accounts of atrocities inflicted on the prisoners, and what he learned during the interrogation, in gruesome detail. He mentions how the experience of seeing Dachau affected him and the other men in his unit.

He reported to his commanding officer in Munich. He was assigned to a Displaced Persons camp at Coburg, Germany. He describes poor conditions at the camp, nightly searches, the treatment of survivors, and briefly mentions a riot at the camp in 1946. He explains why he feels that the displaced persons could have been treated more humanely and how these experiences affect him still.

Date: 11/10/1987
Interviewer: Philip G. Solomon
Interviewee: Anonymous Liberator
Language: English
Subject: World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation--Germany
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Germany--Dachau
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees
World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities
Location: Dachau concentration camp
Coburg Displaced Persons camp
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