Dachau 29 April 1945: The Rainbow Liberation Memoirs

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Sam Dann
Texas Tech University Press, 1998 - Всего страниц: 266
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On the 29th day of April 1945, the forward battalions of Rainbow Division, 42nd Infantry, were moving swiftly toward Munich. Confident and optimistic, they had survived four months of costly and bitter combat, and soon, it would all be over. But then the road led to Dachau and the worst day of the war. In their collected memoirs, the Rainbow soldiers, almost half of whom were only eighteen, nineteen, or twenty years old, tell how they were confronted suddenly—without preparation, without warning—by horrors beyond human imagination. This book is by and about the American liberators, who have since discovered that no one who was involved in any capacity can ever be truly free of the past that was Dachau. In the most complete eyewitness account ever available, editor Sam Dann, himself a Rainbow soldier, weaves their stories, official reports, other documents, and the reminiscences of several survivors with whom the Division has maintained contact for more than half a century. I have had the honor of meeting some of the veterans of the Rainbow Division…. Like so many of their generation, they simply say, "We had a job to do, and we did it." But in doing it so courageously and so well, they demonstrated that to be human was to be capable of great acts of courage and goodness, even in the face of unspeakable cowardice and evil. —U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman
 

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SIX OFFICIAL REPORTS
9
The Aide
15
The Guest
24
The Battalion Commander
27
The International Prisoners Committee
33
An American Inmate
36
THE RAINBOW DIVISIONS OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENTS
39
GENERAL LINDENS GROUP
47
JUST OUTSIDE OF DACHAU
185
STORIES FROM BEHIND THE WIRE
189
THE RAINBOW AFTER DACHAU
213
A Conference at Drew University
215
Dachau Reconsidered
218
Dachau Revisited
223
Oud Dachauers
225
Dear Americans
228

THROUGH THE LENS OF THE PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE ARTIST
59
COMPLETING THE PICTURE
65
Sunday April 29
66
Monday April 30
142
THE CHAPLAINS
153
DACHAU FROM WITHOUT
165
Humanitarian Aid Projects
230
TWO ROADS TO DACHAU
237
NOTES
241
INDEX
255
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Стр. xxi - On Wednesday, March 22, 1933, the first Concentration Camp will be opened in the vicinity of Dachau. It can accommodate 5,000 people. We have adopted this measure, undeterred by paltry scruples, in the conviction that our action will help restore calm in our country, and is in the best interests of our people. Heinrich Himmler, Commissioner of Police for the City of Munich."1 This was Himmler' s original order establishing Konzentrazionslager (KZ) Dachau.

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Dann-Since WWII has had a long career as a writer for radio, stage, and television and has taught visual and dramatic writing as an adjunct professor at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Senator Joseph I. Lieberman has been representing the people of Connecticut in the United States Senate for eighteen years.

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