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We spent 4 days on this train. Our latrine was a five-gallon bucket in the middle of the car. The train stopped at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp where we showered and were led to an open area where a man with sheep shears clipped every hair of our bodies. We were deloused and covered with a green grease. Then they gave us clothes taken from Jews who had gone through the incinerator, but no shoes. This compound was on a hillside and the rocks were sharp on bare feet. A ten-foot-high electrified fence surrounded our rocky compound. Our latrine was a pit with an A frame with two horizontal logs for seats-not very private. Water came from a hydrant in the center of the compound. We were given one blanket per person. With three people bunking together, we put one blanket on the ground and covered ourselves with the other two. We were allowed a shower once a week in the same building that they gassed the Jews. The shower heads could produce either gas or water. The floor of the building would tilt so bodies would roll onto a conveyor belt and into a large incinerator. Forty or fifty could shower at the same time.

Near the camp, the Americans used a fire bomb consisting of about 250 small sticks banded together into a large bomb. They were fitted with a metal nose and fins which separated in the air as they descended to cover a large area. Several of the nose and fin pieces drifted into our compound. This caused a stampede of the French and Belgians. They ran for the electric fences and many were killed. The damage to the camp was only the kitchen roof and two barracks in the workers compound were on fire. The command came to our compound for all the American and English to come to the upper compound. Fearing a reprisal, we bid our buddies good-bye. As we marched to the upper compound, instead of the firing squad, we were ordered to put out the fires and move the contents to the other barracks. As darkness approached, we were ordered back to our compound. What a relief! Later we learned the bombing was a great success. The V2 rocket factory was destroyed as well as a ball bearing factory. On the other side of the camp the commander of the S.S. troops was killed and many soldiers.

The weather was terrible, blizzard conditions, 12 inches of snow on the roads, cold below zero, the coldest Germany had seen in 25 years. We left camp about midnight and marched through this night and all the next day with only a few rest stops. That night we stopped at a large barn with a pile of loose hay in it. We dropped on the hay exhausted. At dawn we were awakened and lined up for apell (counting formation) and then continued marching. We heard later some prisoners hid in the hay so the Germans burned the barn and shot the prisoners as they came out. We marched a day and a half before we came to a town where a train of boxcars stood. We were loaded like cattle and taken to Stalag 7A near Mooseburg, Germany. This camp was very crowded because a lot of camps were moved here. We stayed here until General Patton liberated us on April 29, 1945. That day I shook hands with the General as he came through our barracks. One thing I remember of this camp was when President Roosevelt died, we flew the American flag at half staff in the camp.