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December 2, 2011

New book by Michael Hirsh about the American Liberators of the Nazi concentration camps

Filed under: Buchenwald, Dachau, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:02 pm

One of the regular readers of this blog recommended a new book, written by Michael Hirsh, which you can download here.  The cover of the book has a photo of the Allach sub-camp of Dachau which was liberated by American troops on April 30, 1945, the next day after the main Dachau camp was liberated.

The liberation of Allach, a sub-camp of the Dachau concentration camp

Allach was near the city of Munich; it was located approximately 10 miles from the main Dachau camp. According to Marcus J. Smith, who wrote Dachau: The Harrowing of Hell, the Allach camp was divided into two enclosures, one for 3,000 Jewish inmates and the other for 6,000 non-Jewish prisoners. Smith was a doctor in the US military, assigned to take over the care of the prisoners after the liberation. He wrote that the typhus epidemic had not reached Allach until April 22, 1945, about a week before the camp was liberated.

At the main Dachau camp, prisoners were dying at the rate of 400 a day during the typhus epidemic which started there way back in December 1944.  The prisoners at Allach were still relatively healthy, as the photo below shows.

Survivors of the Allach sub-camp of Dachau (Click on the Photo to enlarge)

Why did the author of the book entitled The Liberators — America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust choose a photo of Allach for the cover?  There were virtually no atrocities committed there and the survivors were in relatively good condition.  There were no “bodies stacked like cordwood.”  The only reason that I can think of is that the photo shows an American flag flying and a person of color in the foreground.

The book mentions the Nordhausen camp where thousands of dead bodies were found.  The photo below was taken at Nordhausen, which was a sub-camp of Buchenwald.

Bodies of Nordhausen prisoners killed by Allied bombs

The photo above shows the bodies of prisoners at Nordhausen who were killed by Allied bombs when the factories located there were bombed.

The book mentions Don Timmer who was an interpreter for General Eisenhower when he visited Ohrdruf, another sub-camp of Buchenwald, which was the one and only camp that Eisenhower ever saw.

This quote from the book is about Don Timmer:

Private Don Timmer, a nineteen-year-old kid from Mansfield, Ohio, had just arrived at Ohrdruf with the 714 Ordnance Company of the 89th Infantry Division.  Because he’d had two years of high school German, he’d been interpreting for his unit.  On the first nice day of sping, they’d driven from Gotha through the town of Ohrdruf, and he remembers that the German civilians had hung white sheet of surrender in their windows.  He also recalls a German plane flying low other their small convoy but not strafing them.

As Eisenhower came into the camp, Timmer was told that the general’s interpreter was on a plane that had not yet arrived.  Timmer would have to do the job.  “I said to him, ‘General, I’m not that good at German.’ And he said, ‘Don’t worry, I know German, but I need time to formulate my responses.’”

Several years ago, Mary Liethan sent me copies of some of the letters that her uncle wrote home to his family during World War II.  Her uncle was Captain Alois Liethen from Appleton, WI. Captain Liethen was an interpreter and an interrogator in the XX Corp, G-2 Section of the US Third Army. On 13 April 1945, the day after General Eisenhower visited Ohrdruf, Captain Liethan wrote a letter home to his family about his initial discovery at Ohrdruf, a sub-camp of Buchenwald. Although Buchenwald was more important and had more evidence of Nazi atrocities, it was due to the information uncovered by Captain Liethen at Ohrdruf that General Eisenhower visited the Ohrdruf sub-camp instead.

General Eisenhower listens to his interpreter, Alois Liethan

The photo above shows General Dwight D. Eisenhower viewing the gallows at Ohrdruf. Standing to the left of the general, and partially hidden by a pole, is Captain Alois Liethen, who was General Eisenhower’s interpreter. The two men on Eisenhower’s right are survivors who are explaining the atrocities committed in the camp. The man on the far left, wearing a jacket and a scarf, is one of the survivors who served as a guide for General Eisenhower and his entourage.

The following is a quote from Captain Alois Liethan’s letter to his family, dated April 13, 1945, in which Captain Liethen explains how the visit by the generals, shown in the photo above, came about:

Several days ago I heard about the American forces taking a real honest to goodness concentration camp and I made it a point to get there and see the thing first hand as well as to investigate the thing and get the real story just as I did in the case of the Prisoner of War camp which I described in my last letter. This camp was near the little city of OHRDRUF not far from GOTHA, and tho it was just a small place — about 7 to 10000 inmates it was considered as one of the better types of such camps. After looking the place over for nearly a whole day I came back and made an oral report to my commanding general — rather I was ordered to do so by my boss, the Col. in my section. Then after I had told him all about the place he got in touch with the High Command and told them about it and the following tale bears out what they did about it.

The photograph below was contributed by Mary Liethen Meier, the niece of Captain Liethen. The man standing next to General Eisenhower, and pointing to the prisoner demonstrating how the inmates were punished at Ohrdruf, is Alois Liethen, her uncle. Left to right, the men in the front row are Lt. General George S. Patton, Third U.S. Army Commander; General Omar N. Bradley, Twelfth Army group commander; and General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander. This photo was published in an American newspaper above a headline which read: U.S. GENERALS SEE A “TORTURE” DEMONSTRATION

Captain Alois Liethan on the far right; General Eisenhower in the center  Photo taken at Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald

Captain Liethen’s letter, dated 13 April 1945, continues as follows:

Yesterday I had the honor of being the interpreter for such honorable gentlemen as Gen EISENHOWER, Gen BRADLEY, Gen PATTON and several lesser general officers, all in all there were 21 stars present, Eisenhower with 5, Bradley with 4, Patton 3, my own commanding general with 2 and there were several others of this grade as well as several one star generals. Since I had made the investigation with some of the men who had escaped from the place the day that we captured it I was more or less the conductor of the tour for this famous party. There were batteries of cameras that took pictures of us as we went about the whole place and as I made several demonstrations for them — hell I felt like Garbo getting of (sic) a train in Chicago.

Hirsch’s book also mentions Melvin Waters, a 4-F volunteer civilian ambulance driver, who recalls that a woman at Bergen-Belsen “fought us like a cat because she thought we were taking her to the crematory.” I googled Melvin Waters and learned that he was born around 1925 and that he was a Driver in D Platoon, 567 Company R.A.S.C. (American Field Service).

So Melvin Waters was an ambulance driver who was sent to Bergen-Belsen, the camp that was voluntarily turned over to the British on April 15, 1945.  This is the first time that I’ve ever read that there were Americans at Bergen-Belsen.

Of course, I didn’t know either that General Eisenhower had two interpreters at Ohrdruf because the man who arranged the tour of the camp was on a different plane and arrived late at the camp.  And then Captain Liethan had the nerve to write home to his family and brag about being Eisenhower’s interpreter, never mentioning that a private had to fill in because he was late getting there.

18 Comments »

  1. Hirsh has obviously gone from consumer of the Holocaust myth to producer and supplier. Anytime an author releases a new atrocity book it just perpetuates the lies already told; With statements such as, “All those men and women deserve our eternal gratitude”, Hirsh falls back on a tried and true way to garner sympathy for his lies about German activities during WWII.

    Also, by referring to Further Glory and co. as “vermin and cockroaches” he literally strips himself of any abject credibility. Historians/Authors should be able to listen and rationally debate both sides of the argument, but it appears Hirsh is so blinded by the Zionist lies he simply cannot see the truth any more, or perhaps he doesn’t WANT to see the truth.

    Comment by Mic Filler — December 5, 2011 @ 11:21 am

  2. All we need to know about Michael Hirsch and his ilk, has been already brilliantly described by Eustace Mullins in his book “The Biological Jew”. It does clearly explain who is considered a “cockroach”, a “vermin” and a “parasite”. Even, if they have last name “Hirsch” (Deer, in German). Ever considered changing it, Mike?

    http://marucha.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/eustace-mullins-the-biological-jew.pdf

    Pretty much the same, you will find in the book by Douglas Reed “The Controversy of Zion”

    http://www.kasjo.net/reeedcontrov.pdf

    Enjoy the reading!

    Comment by Gasan — December 4, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

  3. Mrs. Russak Wachtel,

    First of all, let me express how glad I am, that your mother have survived the ordeal of Austauschlager (Exchange camp) Bergen-Belsen. The bombings of the camp in February of 1945 by RAF, which caused over 3000 deaths of the inmates and destruction of the water-purification station, brought this camp to outbreak of typhus. It is my understanding, that your mother Blima Weisstuch was brought to Bergen-Belsen for the future emigration to what was called at the time Palestine. Was your mother an active member of any zionist organizations at the time she ended up in Bergen-Belsen?

    In any case, she should tell you, why there was no adequate food or medical supplies in March-April of 1945. That happened because of the Allied bombings. Did you cover that part in your book?

    Comment by Gasan — December 4, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

  4. All emotional statements like “they deserve our eternal gratitude” have nothing to contribute to the historical research. The question is: why three top American generals have left their respective commanding posts, in the final stage of the battle, in order to visit a small concentration camp in the middle of Germany. Wanted they to be eyewitnesses of unspeakable atrocities of Nazis? Excuse me! There was nothing in Ohrdruf to warrant the outrage of those generals. The decomposing bodies of those, who died from typhus? Eisenhower ordered bombing of German infrastructure, thus cutting food and medical supplies to concentration camps. The typhus pandemic in the camps is actually his fault!. Didn’t he know, that his action might cause the outbreak of typhus in the camps? And then, he was shedding “crocodile tears” in front of few victims of his own military policies and conduct of warfare?

    I have explained already about possible nuclear test in Ohrdruf area. We don’t know much about it and it appears, that information is somewhat classified even today. There are lots of controversies about Rainer Karlsch’ sbook and he admitted himself, that he cannot confirmed his statement. In other words, they made him to shut up. Let leave alone the scientific part of that story. There had been some military tests done near Ohrdruf and it doesn’t matter: had they been successful, or not. What matters is, that they were of the high interest of American top brass. Eisenhower, Patton and Bradley rushed to Ohrdruf area as soon as it became secure, to see the test site, not the concentration camp.

    Mr. Hirsch,

    Would you kindly, give me a one-paragraph-long summary of your book, that would make me to buy and read it. If this is an another variant of official story, let me tell you: we are fed up with it. Did you bring any new facts, that would change the historical perspective of the events one way, or another? Or, are you writing books for commercial reasons? If the only reason, you wrote the book is to express your “eternal gratitude”, you shouldn’t be talking, what picture is good for sales, etc. Maybe you should publish it for free for the generations to read.

    Comment by Gasan — December 4, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    • All we need to know about you is contained in your statement, “There was nothing in Ohrdruf to warrant the outrage of those generals.” Why don’t you crawl back in your hole with the other cockroaches and vermin with whom you must be more comfortable?

      Comment by Michael Hirsh — December 4, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

      • This the response from a “true historian”:

        “All we need to know about you is contained in your statement, “There was nothing in Ohrdruf to warrant the outrage of those generals.” Why don’t you crawl back in your hole with the other cockroaches and vermin with whom you must be more comfortable?”

        Everyone can see now, this writer’s intellectual level.

        Further Glory,

        Please, don’t delete his comment. Everyone should be able to see it.

        Comment by Gasan — December 4, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

  5. My mother, Blima Weisstuch, was one of those liberated by the British from Bergen Belsen. I am in accord with Michael Hirsh, that the cover of the book adequately captures the sense of exhilaration felt by the liberated. At Bergen Belsen, the former prisoners were so weak that they simply were unable to exhibit the overwhelming emotion which they felt. Their first concern was to put food (in my mother’s case, potatoes) into their mouths. By using the Allach site where the liberated still had their strength, the author truly shows their indescribable joy that the nightmare had finally ended. That day, her day of liberation (along with the day a kind guard saved her with a piece of bread), was one which never failed to bring a smile to her face as she recalled this dark period. Although she was freed by the British, my mother would have been glad to see a book about American liberators, for both she and my father were grateful and proud Americans. I intend to buy a copy.–Shirley Russak Wachtel (author, My Mother’s Shoes)

    Comment by Shirley Russak Wachtel — December 4, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

  6. Thanks, Further Glory,

    I have read this page before and came to the same conclusion. There was something really suspicious about all three of them going to see the same camp. The “whipping block”, even in it’s finest appearance, still makes no sense, as far as: how the torture, or whipping could be done on the concaved surface. Could that “table” be used for some other purposes?

    Comment by Gasan — December 4, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

  7. The visit of three high-ranking generals (Eisenhower, Patton and Bradley) the same camp on the same day had always looked suspicious to me. What did they want to see at camp Ohrdruf, which, nowadays is barely mentioned. Was it the decomposed bodies of those, who died from typhus, or was it the poorly made gallows which is shown on the picture? The builder of this gallows could be executed himself for sabotage and poor carpentry craftsmanship. This seems, that inmates had built this gallows in haste for the visit of top American generals. As far as the photo of “torture desk”: Can anybody explain to me what does it represent? How the torture was done in this case?
    In 2005 Rainer Karlsch published his book “Hitler’s Bombe” where he alleged, that on March 4, 1945, at SS testing facility near Ohrdruf, German scientists had conducted a nuclear test. The power of nuclear device was somewhat miscalculated and this caused hundreds of deaths of SS personnel and inmates of camp Ohrdruf.
    While his claim is widely disputed, there is no doubts, that some sort of activities were conducted at that site.
    This is why three top American generals visited Ohrdruf area. They wanted to see the nuclear site, not the camp.
    I have always been skeptical about so-called “Manhattan Project”. These are my reasons:
    We have invisible aircraft, submarines, colossal tanks and cannon, unbelievably powerful rockets, and a bomb with a working that will astonish the whole world. The enemy knows this, and besieges and attempts to destroy us. But we will answer this destruction with a storm and that without unleashing a bacteriological war, for which we are also prepared…. All my words are the purest truth. That you will see. We still have things that need to be finished, and when they are finished, they will turn the tide.

    ~Adolf Hitler, March 13, 1945, addressing officers of the German Ninth Army

    The wonder weapons are the hope. It is laughable and senseless for us to threaten at this moment, without a basis in reality for these threats. The well-known mass destruction bombs are nearly ready. In only a few days, with the utmost meticulous intelligence, Hitler will probably execute this fearful blow, because he will have full confidence…. It appear, that there are three bombs – and each has an astonishing operation. The construction of each unit is fearfully complex and of a lengthy time of completion.

    ~Benito Mussolini, Political Testament, April 22, 1945, cited in Edgar Meyer and Thomas Mehner, Hitler und die Bombe: Welchen Stand erreichte die deutsche Atomforschung und Geheimwaffenentwicklung wirklich? (Rottenburg: Kopp Verlag, 2002).

    Note, that Mussolini is talking about three bombs. And how many bombs were used in 1945? Also three: Los Alamos, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Those were “Hitler’s Bombs”.

    Comment by Gasan — December 4, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    • On this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Ohrdruf/index.html I mention the possible test of an atomic bomb at Ohrdruf. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Also on that same page I show the photo of what you call a “torture desk.” This quote is from that page of my website: “In the photo above, an ordinary wooden table is being used to demonstrate punishment on a whipping block. By order of Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler, whipping prisoners on a wooden block was discontinued in 1942, so no whipping block was found at Ohrdruf.” (The Ohrdruf camp was not in existence before 1942.) On my website, I show a photo of the whipping block that was found at Natzweiler after the camp was abandoned.

      No whipping block was found at Dachau when the camp was liberated and during the trial of the SS staff at Dachau, a crude wooden table was used instead. Now the Dachau Memorial Site shows a real whipping block which was eventually found some place else.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 4, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

  8. To answer your question about the cover photo: there are almost no photos showing American soldiers in proximity to live survivors of any of the camps. The home made American flag was a bonus. While it might have been more on point to run a photo on the cover showing “bodies stacked like cordwood,” it wouldn’t do much for sales. A book cover is a very important marketing device. You want to use an image that makes a potential reader (buyer) pick up the book. This photo tells a story of joy at liberation. Dead bodies wouldn’t do it. As for “a person of color” in the foreground of the cover photo as a reason to use the photo? Please tell me you’re kidding. Or need glasses.

    I’m not sure why you felt the need to attack Captain Liethen, but you’re out of line. Don Timmer served as Ike’s interpreter only until the general’s regular interpreter arrived. Timmer stayed with the general’s group touring the camp, even though his services were no longer needed. I’m going to guess that he sensed he was a witness to history and wanted to be there.

    As far as I know, the only Americans to be at Bergen-Belsen after the camp’s liberation were the ambulance drivers of the American Field Service.

    Michael Hirsh, author of The Liberators
    Liberatorsbook@gmail.com

    Comment by Michael Hirsh — December 2, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    • I didn’t attack Captain Liethen; I was defending him. I was joking in the last sentence that I wrote. Captain Liethen was the one who “discovered the camp” before the first American soldiers arrived on April 4th. (I think he was there on April 2nd, but I didn’t include the date because I am not positive about the date.) Captain Liethen was one of “the Ritchie Boys” and he had been investigating Ohrdruf even before he went to Europe. He was the one who arranged the tour for the three Generals.

      I find it strange that the leader of the tour would have been on a different plane and would have arrived late. Before going to Ohrdruf, the tour had started with a visit to a salt mine where German gold and art treasures were stored. I also find it strange that General Eisenhower decided to start the tour of Ohrdruf without the man who was in charge of the tour, and that he asked a private with limited knowledge of German to fill in as his interpreter. Captain Liethen had learned German at home from his parents, so he was like a native German speaker. He could talk with the survivors and then translate their words from German into English. I think that this would have been difficult for someone who had only two years of High School German. Captain Liethen was from Wisconsin where there were many German immigrants who spoke German. I am guessing that Captain Liethen could speak Yiddish. Most of the survivors of Ohrdruf were Jewish, and it would have been hard for a person with only 2 years of High School German to understand their German dialect. Since Captain Liethen had already been to the camp, he had already talked with the survivors and he was prepared for what they would be telling the generals.

      The date of the visit by the three generals was April 12, 1945. American soldiers had discovered the camp more than a week before. Why were the soldiers still around on April 12th? The Ohrdruf camp had been abandoned by the Germans and the prisoners had been evacuated to the main camp at Buchenwald. Only a few sick prisoners had been left behind and they had been taken to hospitals by the first Americans who arrived on April 4th.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 3, 2011 @ 9:08 am

      • There’s nothing strange about a five star general wanting a tour to start when he wants it to start. That’s the way the army works. Eisenhower’s own diaries and letters make it clear that what he saw with his own eyes really didn’t require a translated narrative–whether by a kid with high school German or an intel officer.

        I’d like to see the evidence you have that Cap;tain Liethen was at Ohrdruf on April 2, The 4th Armored Division battalion commander whose tanks got to Ohrdruf on April 4 said there was an intelligence report that the Germans had established an underground communications facility in the area, and they were tasked to find it. I’ve never seen anything about the source of that intel. If it came from Liethen, then I’d hope there would be some documents around backing up that theory. and actually putting him at Ohrdruf two days ahead of American armor units.

        As for your question about why American soldiers were still around at Ohrdruf more than a week after elements of the 4th Armored discovered the place–American divisions were rolling across Germany. The troops there when Ike toured the place were not the same troops who found it. Indeed, President Obama’s great-uncle’s unit was actually at Ohrdruf, moved on, and then was sent back to perform guard duty.

        There seems to be a sub-text to your comments that lead me to think you suspect a conspiracy of some sort, by whom and for what purpose, I don’t know. Perhaps you want to lay it all out there?

        Comment by Michael Hirsh — December 3, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

        • I didn’t include the date of April 2nd in my blog post because I wasn’t sure of it. After reading more about the Ohrdruf camp, I now know that it was on April 2nd that the camp was evacuated and all except the sick prisoners were marched to the Buchenwald main camp on that day. Several prisoners escaped from the march and led American soldiers to the camp on April 4, 1945. So Captain Liethan was not there on April 2nd.

          Don Timmer was with the 89th Division which was one of the first divisions to arrive at the Ohrdruf camp after it was evacuated.

          The sub-text of my comment is that I have doubts that Private Don Timmer was at Ohrdruf on April 12th and filled in as an interpreter when Eisenhower and Patton visited the Ohrdruf camp and Captain Liethan arrived late because he was on a different plane.

          Comment by furtherglory — December 4, 2011 @ 11:16 am

          • You have a habit of dropping assertions like apples in an orchard,, and then when they don’t fit the facts, you toss them away and pluck a new one. I never found any American soldier who was at Ohrdruf with the first units who said they were led to the camp by escaped prisoners. What is your source for this latest assertion (other than someone else’s blog)?

            And now that you’ve managed to malign Don Timmer, perhaps you can provide the reasons for your doubts that he was at Ohrdruf and interpreted for Eisenhower.

            Do you even read what you’ve written before you push the “send” button? You just wrote, “I didn’t include the date of April 2nd in my blog post because I wasn’t sure of it.” Yet what you actually wrote was, “Captain Liethen was the one who ‘discovered the camp’ before the first American soldiers arrived on April 4th. (I think he was there on April 2nd, but I didn’t include the date because I am not positive about the date.)” So you clearly did include the date of April 2nd, and said you think Liethen was there on that date. You state that he “discovered the camp” before the first American soldiers arrived on April 4th, but you present no evidence.

            Here’s a quote from a web posting, which ,if accurate, clearly indicates he got to Ohrdruf well after the Americans found the place:

            “The following is a quote from his letter in which Captain Alois Liethen explains how the visit by the generals, shown in the photo above, came about:

            Several days ago I heard about the American forces taking a real honest to goodness concentration camp and I made it a point to get there and see the thing first hand as well as to investigate the thing and get the real story just as I did in the case of the Prisoner of War camp which I described in my last letter. This camp was near the little city of OHRDRUF not far from GOTHA, and tho it was just a small place — about 7 to 10000 inmates it was considered as one of the better types of such camps. After looking the place over for nearly a whole day I came back and made an oral report to my commanding general — rather I was ordered to do so by my boss, the Col. in my section. Then after I had told him all about the place he got in touch with the High Command and told them about it and the following tale bears out what they did about it.”

            Sort of knocks your whole theory about how Liethen “discovered” the camp into a cocked hat, doesn’t it?

            You clearly have an axe to grind and I’m not sure what it is. But if you expect to be taken seriously, you need to deal with facts and not just write the first thing that comes into your head.

            caust never happened.

            Comment by Michael Hirsh — December 4, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

            • My source for the statement that prisoners, who had escaped from the march to the main camp, led Americans to the camp was Andrew Rosner, a Jewish prisoner who had escaped from the march and talked to soldiers of the 89th Division in the town of Ohrdruf; he claims that he took the soldiers to the camp. The 89th Division learned about Ohrdruf from Andrew Rosner; his story was in a newspaper article, which I quoted on my website.

              Now that I have read Captain Liethan’s letter more carefully, I see that he did say that he heard about Ohrdruf from the liberating troops and he want there to investigate it. I was the one who put Captain Liethan’s letters on the Internet. There were other letters that were sent to me that I didn’t put up. I received these letters years ago. I will have to get them out again to see exactly what he said about Ohrdruf.

              Comment by furtherglory — December 4, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

              • I’m going to try and be kind. If you Google Andrew Rosner and Ohrdruf, you’ll find the statement that was read by his daughter to a gathering of veterans of the 89th Infantry Division in the US in 1995. I suggest you find it and read it–carefully. Rosner did not lead Americans to Ohrdruf. By the time he got back to the camp, according to this message read by his daughter, it had to have been at least a week after the camp was discovered, because he talks about going there when Eisenhower was there.

                You just have to be more careful with what you state are facts. It is apparent that you have repeatedly misstated or misunderstood what you claim to have read.

                I’ll also give you one piece of advice you didn’t ask for: don’t get into the business of deciding who got to a camp first, or who or which unit liberated a camp. It’s a no-win exercise. There are at least half a dozen individuals or units who claim to have gotten to Buchenwald first. The 42nd and 45th Infantry Divisions are still fighting over who got to Dachau first. That’s why in The Liberators, I don’t play that game. One, no one can prove they were first, and two, it just doesn’t matter. If a unit had to fight its way into a camp to achieve its liberation, it might. But it was only in rare cases that Americans had to fight a gun battle to free a camp. In most cases, the SS guards had fled before the GIs got there–sometimes a day or two before, sometimes only hours before.

                The fact is this: every American (or Canadian or Brit) who in any way supported the liberation of the European Continent should be considered a Liberator. And that includes the Navy, the Coast Guard, the Merchant Marine and the Army Air Corps to name just the American outfits. Without the GIs who died in the surf at Omaha Beach, the 80th Infantry Division wouldn’t have gotten to Buchenwald, for example. All those men and women deserve our eternal gratitude.

                Michael Hirsh, author
                The Liberators–America’s Witness to the Holocaust (Bantam/Dell 2010)

                Comment by Michael Hirsh — December 4, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

  9. This 2008 book about St. Georgen – Gusen – Mauthausen appeared today.

    Comment by Eager for Answers — December 2, 2011 @ 7:15 pm


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