American Jewish Liberators-Matt Brownell

Many people have heard of the horrors held within the concentration camps in Hitler’s Germany during world war two. From how Jews were singled out in the community and blamed for what happened in the first world war; to what it was like to be treated worse than animals by people who were just “following orders”. However, what many people don’t consider when thinking about the holocaust is how the liberators of these concentration camps felt about the atrocities being committed by the Nazis when they came across these concentration camps. Were the soldiers enraged and wanted to fight more or did they question how something like this could happen? Do they still carry these memories with them today or have they managed to suppress them? How did American Jewish Soldiers feel about being liberators at the time they liberated the camps? Did they feel guilty, angry, or happy? Did American Jewish Soldiers not feel like liberators when the freed these concentration camps. To accomplish this there will be interviews with American Jewish soldiers who liberated concentration camps and two books which cover the topic of American Jews and the holocaust. These are their stories. 

Historical Question: How did American Jewish Soldiers feel about being liberators at the time they liberated the camps and compared to later in life?

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Matt Brownell