Oral History Interview with Philip Di Giorgio
Philip DiGiorgio describes serving in E Company, 232nd Regiment, 42nd Division of the Seventh Army during World War II; some of his combat experiences and the heavy losses his division took; entering Dachau in April, 1945 shortly after it was liberated, under orders to clear all the buildings and tunnels and then to move on; seeing some survivors and a few guards who tried to blend in with them, a lampshade made out of human skin, and many so-called "Forty and Eights" (cattle cars stacked with bodies ready for cremation); how what he saw at Dachau profoundly affected him, renewed his will to fight, and increased his religious observance; and being moved to testify because of his perception of widespread disbelief about the Holocaust.
|Interviewer:||Philip G. Solomon|
|Interviewee:||Philip Di Giorgio|
|Subject:||Concentration camp inmates.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives.
World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Western Front.
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation.
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--United States.
Dachau concentration camp