Liberators

Kenneth Colvin

Kenneth Colvin joined the US Third Army's 515th Medical Unit in 1943. In this capacity he entered eight different concentration camps, including Ebensee, Hemar, Oberhausen, Altmunster, and Holenfelz. He helped to set up emergency medical treatment for the prisoners in these camps.

He describes himself as a witness, rather than a liberator, out of respect for those who survived the camps.
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Floyd Dade

Floyd Dade was a soldier in the 761st Tank Battalion, a segregated unit comprised of African-American men. His unit was present at the liberation of Gunskirchen, a subcamp of Mauthausen, and he witnessed the aftermath of its operations.

Mr. Dade spoke to students in the Bay Area for many years, sharing his experiences and the things he had seen.
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Mae Herman

Mae Herman served as a nurse in the US Army's 130th Evac. Hospital. Her unit was diverted from the Pacific theater to Austria, where she worked for six weeks at Mauthausen. She responded to the commanding officer's request for volunteers to work inside of the camp, while the rest of the hospital was set up some distance away.

Ms. Herman emphasizes the difficulty of discussing the things she witnessed, stating that some things cannot be told.
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Shiro Takeshita

Shiro Takeshita served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit for Japanese-Americans, while his family was held in an internment camp in Poston, Arizona during the war. He witnessed the aftermath of the liberation of Dachau. While the 442nd did not enter the camp itself, he describes the remnants of a death march the Germans had ordered the prisoners to undertake.

Mr. Takeshita has spoken to students about his experiences, emphasizing the need to remember the Holocaust and the equality of all people.
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