K: "Did you a chance to talk to any of the townspeople?"
C: "Well first thing that you’ve got to remember was that we had a thing called non-fraternization. You didn’t talk to them unless it was an exact application of your duty. At that time it was non-fraternization. The only time that you spoke to a German civilian was to tell them to get out of the way or do this that and the other thing, you know, give them an order. Which I had done on guard duty and on other occasions. But you didn’t speak to them out of the goodness of your heart or anything, actually, these were people of a conquered people and you wanted them to know it."
K: "So then you didn’t really have an opportunity to find out whether or not…."C: "I couldn’t ask them too much but I remember the order went out, now from whom I don’t know, that the people of that area were to be marched through that camp. Of course you got the disclaimers that, oh we didn’t know this was going on, oh what a terrible thing. I don’t see how they could help but know what was going on. You could smell the place three or four miles away if the wind was right, but they were made to march through it; man, woman, and child to take a look at what was there. I don’t see how anybody could say that they didn’t know that something was going on there."
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