Holocaust Museum - audio and/or video interviews
There are many references in the Holocaust Museum archives to the 65th. Collections include letters, photos and more. Links here include interviews presented online digitally.
Brooks McClure born March 8, 1919, discusses growing up in New York City; receiving Australian newspapers from a pen pal in Australia; sending a letter to one of the newspapers and being accepted by the newspaper as a correspondent in 1937; the death of his father in 1940; getting a job as a copy boy at the International Herald Tribune; joining the Army in 1942; working with a teletype team on special assignment in the infantry; arriving in Europe in early 1944; being posted in the 65th division of Patton’s army; working with military communication systems between the front lines and headquarters; his assignment in Ohrdruf to take pictures the day after the camp was liberated; viewing the barracks and seeing dead and dying people throughout the camp; the camp’s mass grave; prisoners attempts to converse with him; eventually learning the full extent of what went on in the camp; visits to the camp from Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton; moving with Patton’s army into Austria; being in Linz, Austria when the war ended; participating in the recovery of paintings lost from a museum in Linz; and being shipped home from Paris where his last assignment was with the Stars and Stripes news source. (Audio only)
Leo Serian (Audio only)
Maurice A. Hannon (Audio only)
Bob Hassen, 261st
Hans Jurgenson, a native of Germany and soldier in the United States Army during WWII, interviews four American men who arrived at Ohrdruf during liberation. The interviewees include Jack Colston, a captain in the 602nd tank destroyer battalion; Bob Hassen, who was part of the 261 Regiment, 65 Infantry Division with the 3rd Army; Victor L Regard, who was part of the War Crimes Investigating Team 6832 at Nuremburg; and Walter Maclassy, a corporal in Company C, 121 Infantry, 8th Infantry Division. The men discuss arriving at Ohrdruf; their hatred for the perpetrators; how they felt after returning home and talking about their experiences; war crimes investigations and trials; their children and their understanding of the Holocaust; and the importance of speaking out about the Holocaust.
Henry Allen Henry S. Allen, born on September 3, 1924 in Horry County, South Carolina, describes going into the army; training at Fort Bragg and Camp Shelby; being sent to Europe in January 1945; being a jeep driver and mortar gunner; going to Camp Lucky Strike in Le Harve, France; going through Germany to Mainz and Frankfurt; being assigned to liberate a prisoner-of-war camp near Arnsdorf in April 1945; being in Linz, Austria on May 7, 1945; going to Mauthausen after its liberation and the conditions there; the appearance of the camp survivors; linking up with the Russian Army and securing Hirshen airfield near Linz, Austria; the central receiving place for POW and camp survivors; his feelings about Mauthausen and its effect on him; and his message to young people.rance and being infected with scabies; being dusted with DDT; liaisons between the men and women in her unit; getting out of the service around the end of 1945; doing industrial nursing; and her reflections on the Holocaust and present day conflicts.
These are links to videos where the 65th was taped, either during the war or post war.
Mike Marchese's wife Ellen Ellen Bonnie Marchese, born in Brooklyn, NY in November 29, 1917, describes her Italian immigrant family; graduating high school in 1933; being trained as a nurse at King’s County Hospital; working at several hospitals and medical offices before joining the army in 1944; her experiences in basic training in Atlantic City, NJ; the journey to England on the RMS Queen Elizabeth; conditions in England; going to a hospital in the south of England and treating wounded American soldiers; meeting Garson Kanin while crossing the channel; setting up the tents in Sedan, France; being a psychiatric nurse and treating post traumatic stress; how nobody in her unit was forced to work in the concentration camp and they all did it anyway; how she hates to remember what she saw in Gusen concentration camp; how the camp was filled with Poles, Roma, political prisoners, and Jews; meeting her future husband, Mike, (65th Infantry) who was an infantry man who helped liberate the camp; treating the survivors by giving out medication and applying new dressings; their Austrian maid; feeling contempt towards the locals; the former inmates she conversed with, including an artist who drew portraits; celebrating V-E day with onion sandwiches; going to France and being infected with scabies; being dusted with DDT; liaisons between the men and women in her unit; getting out of the service around the end of 1945; doing industrial nursing; and her reflections on the Holocaust and present day conflicts. (Audio only)
John Henry Baker Jr, 260th B co (Audio only)
John Brooks (Audio only)