"Now there was a small place, now this was a long time ago, but as I recall there was a small village called Buchenwald, right near the camp. There was a, I think it was the 81st, but I wouldn’t swear to it, division overran the Buchenwald concentration camp. Up until this time, none of us had any idea…we knew that Hitler had been unfair, shall I say, to the Jews. He was accusing them of everything and locking them up in concentration camps and we all figured, well as soon as the war’s over they’ll be out again. We had no idea of the holocaust, there, for a lack of a better word, the genocide that he had practiced. I got to go to Buchenwald through a rather unusual circumstance.As I recall this team showed up from LIFE magazine, among them was a Miss Bourke-White, or Mrs. Bourke-White, Margaret Bourke-White, and they needed some fellows that could help her with her equipment; she had quite a bit of it, and just stack it on the plane. Well when I got there and I was helping, ok, corporal get on the plane, you’re going with us, you can help unload this stuff. So I had no idea where they were going."
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