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Felix Flicker on the liberation of Majdanek

Language: English

Jewish survivor Felix Flicker joined the Soviet Armed Forces in 1943. Flicker recalls arriving at Majdanek concentration camp after it was liberated in July 1944. He describes the prisoners looking like skeletons and the arrests and executions of the camp guards.

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  • Sol Blaufeld on liberation of Dachau

    Language: English

    Sol Blaufeld recalls the liberation of Dachau concentration camp by American forces on April 29, 1945.

  • Charlotte Chaney

    Language: English

    Charlotte shares her experience as a U.S. Army nurse who participated in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany in May 1945. Charlotte Chaney was born Charlotte Ellner on October 15, 1921, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Charlotte was trained as a nurse and then volunteered for the Army Air Corps in 1944. That same year she married United States Navyman Bernard Chaney. In May 1945, Charlotte was sent to Europe as a part of the Red Cross, not knowing she was about to take part in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp. Charlotte, who was Jewish, was among a group of nurses who accompanied American soldiers when they entered Dachau concentration camp. There, she helped clean up the camp and nurse survivors back to health. Charlotte returned to the United States in August of 1945, where she continued her career in nursing. At the time of her interview in 1995, Charlotte was living with her husband in Miami, Florida, and had one daughter and two grandsons.

  • Alan Brown on Life After Liberation

    Language: English

    After liberation from a forced labor camp in Austria, Alan Brown returned to his home in Budapest, Hungary. Alan speaks about recuperating from typhus and learning about Auschwitz and the gas chambers from other survivors.

  • Felix Flicker on the liberation of Majdanek

    Language: English

    Jewish survivor Felix Flicker joined the Soviet Armed Forces in 1943. Flicker recalls arriving at Majdanek concentration camp after it was liberated in July 1944. He describes the prisoners looking like skeletons and the arrests and executions of the camp guards.

  • Belinna Aronovich on the Soviet liberation of her town

    Language: English

    Belinna Aronovich remembers the liberation of her hometown, Husi, when the Soviet armed forces invaded Romania in 1944. She describes her reaction to the retreat of the German army as well as her own feelings upon seeing Soviet soldiers occupy her town.

  • Marthe Cohn-Hoffnung on the liberation of Paris

    Language: English

    Marthe Cohn-Hoffnung remembers the liberation of Paris, France, in 1944, where she was living under false identity. She especially recalls the emotional response on the part of the French people upon seeing the French 2nd armored division, led by General Charles de Gaulle, march into Paris first. The United States armed forces followed shortly thereafter.

  • Leon Greenman on Returning Home

    Language: English

    Leon Greenman talks about returning to his home in Holland after being liberated from Buchenwald concentration camp.

  • Henry Kress on returning home

    Language: English

    Henry Kress reflects on returning to his home in Poland after liberation and found a stranger living in his family home. Henry also describes how he reunited with a friend and former prisoner from Auschwitz, who helped him find work.

  • Lili Meier on Obtaining the Auschwitz Album

    Language: English

    Lili Meier describes how she found a photo album, which has become known as the Auschwitz Album, in a deserted SS barracks on the day she was liberated from the Dora concentration camp. The Auschwitz Album is the only known collection of photographs taken by the Nazi SS at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This testimony clip is featured in the IWitness activity Arrival at Auschwitz – Images and Individual Experiences.

  • Eva Krause remembers liberation

    Language: English

    Eva Krause reflects on being liberated from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and how the experience strengthened her faith.  

  • Gertrude Englander - 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Mauthausen

    Language: English

    Gertrude Englander describes the liberation of Mauthausen concentration camp in May 1945.

  • Irene Weiss

    Language: English

    Jewish Survivor

    Irene recounts her experience of being liberated by the British Army from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany in April 1945. She describes that by the time of her liberation she was too sick and too desensitized by her experiences to feel any emotions even though she realized the war was over.

    Gender: Female
    DOB: August 2, 1919
    City of Birth: Halmeu (Romania)
    Country of Birth: Romania
    Ghettos: Satu Mare (Romania : Ghetto)
    Went into hiding: No
    Other experiences: N/A

     

  • James Hayes

    Language: English

    Liberator

    James recalls 10 days of fighting Germans until they surrendered. While searching for a place for the American soldiers to stay for the night, he encountered a barrack with prisoners. He describes the horrors of those images as well as his efforts to get medical attention to the survivors.

    Gender: Male
    DOB: Sep 14, 1916
    City of birth: Istanbul
    Country of birth: Turkey
    Country of military service: United States
    Camp(s) liberated or visited post-liberation: Kassel (Germany), Ohrdruf (Germany), Buchenwald (Germany)

     

  • Esther Bem

    Language: English

    Jewish Survivor

    Esther talks about her lack of awareness of wartime political events while hiding in Italy. She describes her liberation by members of the Jewish Brigade. Esther speaks of her struggle with identity which ensued after liberation from living in both hiding and under a false name.

    Gender: Female
    DOB: Jun 23, 1930
    City of birth: Osijek
    Country of birth: Yugoslavia
    Went into hiding: Yes
    Other experiences: concealment of Jewish identity

     

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