Dachau 29 April 1945: The Rainbow Liberation Memoirs

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Seventy years ago, on April 29, 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 together with official reports, other documents, and the reminiscences of several survivors.

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Sam Dann had a long career as a writer for radio, stage, and television, and taught visual and dramatic writing as an adjunct professor at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He was also the author of two novels, Goodbye, Karl Erich and The Third Body.

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Dachau concentration camp, nine miles from Munich, was opened in 1933. It could accommodate 5,000 prisoners--political opponents of the Third Reich. Before liberation in 1945, the camp held more than 200,000 inmates, mostly Jews, and thousands died from starvation, exhaustion, torture, disease, and the crematorium. More than 30,000 survivors were liberated by several hundred men of the U.S. Army's 42d Rainbow Division. Those young soldiers' eyewitness accounts are recorded here. The soldiers tell of giving the survivors their rations, which was a mistake; some died as a result of too much food at one time. One soldier tells of refusing to intervene when a survivor killed his Nazi tormentor. Many soldiers write that they are still haunted by this grotesque spectacle beyond human imagination. These vivid recollections, complemented by 50 black-and-white photographs, give poignant testimony to the horrors of the Holocaust. George Cohen

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