Bill Jucksch made a gruesome and accidental discovery while serving as a soldier in the 71st Infantry Division under Gen. George S. Patton during world war II.
He was only 18 years old when he stumbled upon a death camp in Austria.
The following quote is from a news article:
Jucksch said that he and three other soldiers were walking down a narrow dirt road when they were assaulted by an unpleasant odor. The smell made them wonder if something was dead.
As they approached a small town of hastily built shacks, the horrors of war exponentially increased for the young men.
“When I opened the first door, I saw two layers thick of dead people and then live ones crawling between the bodies,” Jucksch said. “They were trying to get to the door and were yelling ‘Americana.’ ”
The Great Neck resident said he still remembers the stench of death, urine and human waste.
“I’ve never seen anything so inhuman,” Jucksch said. “I saw 6-foot guys wearing only 50 pounds of bone.”
It was the most horrifying experience of his life.
Juksch radioed his captain to send medics, food, cots and blankets. A clinic was set up to help nourish the survivors back to health.
It wasn’t until after the war that Jucksch realized he had helped Jewish Holocaust victims and witnessed one of the most profound atrocities of the 20th century.
End quote from news article
Note that the Americans, who discovered Gunskirchen, radioed for FOOD to be brought to the camp. If these prisoners were in such bad shape, they should not have been given food.
I wrote about the Ebensee and Gunskirchen camps on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/Subcamps/Ebensee01.html