GIs Remember

Edward Weiner - Nordhausen


Edward Weiner enlisted in the Army in Boston in 1943. He went overseas with the 8th Armored Division in 1944, and served in the Battle of the Bulge and in Germany.

"We came upon the Nordhausen slave labor camp while undertaking a mission to capture a V2 missile factory located there. The factory was underground. We found evidence of terrible brutality and atrocities. We were so incensed, including all of our command staff, at what had gone on that we took the Mayor of nearby Herzberg to the scene. We told him to have the civilian population view the sight, and bury the remains of those victims who had not yet been cremated.

The survivors were emaciated, almost walking corpses. Their reaction was universally one of almost worship for the American soldiers who liberated them.

I have thought about this long and often ever since. One of the results is that I am more strongly against anti-Semitism than I ever was."


Source: GIs Remember, (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1994).