Liberator Testimony

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My name is XXX XXX. I live in kansas city mo and I am 31 years old. My fathers name is XXX XXX, and he was a soldier who fought in WWII. As children, my sister and i can remember him telling us stories of what he saw and experienced in the holocaust era. He has so many stories, I know that allot of them are not filled with much joy and happiness, but they are stories that are very important to history. I have been trying to reach someone to get some information of how I can get american soldiers to tell their stories. Once they are gone so are the stories and I know that we need to gather all information that we can so that history does not repeat itself. Please respond

Harry W. Mazal OBE answers:

Thank you for your query addressed to the Holocaust History Project.

I am one of the persons in the Project that responds to questions from our readers. It is possible that you will receive other responses from my colleagues.

One thing that American soldiers who liberated the concentration camps have in common with the victims that were rescued is a reticence to talk about the horrors that they encountered and endured.

Some Holocaust survivors have published their experiences, fewer still talk about it in public. Accounts by liberators are scarcer still. One of our good friends who sadly died last year was Chuck Ferree. You can read some of his excellent comments on:

http://remember.org/chuck.html

and those of other liberators: http://remember.org/witness/liberators.html

I would suggest that liberators read Chuck Ferree's articles. Reading them might trigger their own memories and encourage them to talk or write about their own experiences. What they saw was a legacy to their children and their children. After all, "Those who forget the past will be forced to re-live it."

Please feel free to contact us again if you require assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Harry W. Mazal OBE

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