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Generals Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton visited Ohrdruf a week after its liberation. Bradley said, "The smell of death overwhelmed us even before we passed through the stockade," wrote Bradley five years later. "More than 3,200 naked emaciated bodies had been flung into shallow graves. Others lay in the streets where they had fallen." Eisenhower said "We are told that the American soldier does not know what he is fighting for," he continued "Now, at least, he will know what he is fighting against." (1 ).
Leon Bass US Army he saw Buchenwald, speaking on holocaust denial he said, "Even though the revisionists are out there today writing books and telling students that it never happened,we cannot ignore our responsibilities to tell the story. Yes, we must be graphic. We must use the media. We must come together like this to focus attention across the world." (2 ).
Michal Chilczuk, Polish army, he saw Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg He saw the crematorium. He and his troops liberated 5,000 people and he said, "There were 50,000 before our liberation. I heard from one victim that this crematorium, this industry for murder, was working two days before the liberation." What happened to the other 45,000? (3 ).
Eyewitness accounts of the people who liberated the camps can be powerful. Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight Eisenhower wasn't ready for what he saw at a camp at Ohrdruf. He walked past shallow graves and saw the instruments of torture used the SS. In a cable to Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall he said , "beggar description ... the visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were so overpowering." He intentionally visited the camps so , "in order to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations to 'propaganda.'" ... Jack Hallet, one of the soldiers who liberated Dachau, found that it was difficult to separate the living from the dead. As he looked closer at a stack of corpses, he noticed that deep within the pile, he could see sets of eyes still blinking. Another soldier told his parents to keep his letter because "it is my personal memorandum of something I personally want to remember but would like to forget.". , Captain Timothy Brennan of the Third Cavalry wrote to his wife and child, "You cannot imagine that such things exist in a civilized world." Sergeant Fred Friendly wrote his mother, "I want you to never forget or let our disbelieving friends forget, that your flesh and blood saw this ... Your son saw this with his own eyes and in doing so aged 10 years." (4 ).