Oral History Interview with Fred Kulick
Fred Kulick describes serving with the 336th Engineer Combat Battalion (Amphibious), United States Ninth Army; being near Gardelegen, Germany, in the Saar Valley, when his unit found between 100 and 200 corpses of slave laborers who had been locked in a barn and burned to death; their commander, Lt. Colonel Paul Bennett, ordering German civilians to give the victims a decent burial; the recording of the atrocity in the battalion records; sending photographs of the victims’ bodies to Yad Vashem in Israel; why he believes German citizens knew about the atrocities and the camps but were unable to admit it; having a brief encounter with a group of starving American prisoners of war in Schleswig Holstein; and his battalion’s activities in Europe from the German surrender until he returned to the Unites States.
|Interviewer:||Philip G. Solomon|
|Subject:||Gardelegen Massacre, Gardelegen, Germany, 1945.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives.
Prisoners of war.
World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities--Germany.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Germany.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Western Front.
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--United States.