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:
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.
Harry W. Mazal OBE
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