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Timberwolf Liberation of Nordhausen Concentration Camp

August 14, 2017

On April 11, 1945, the 104th Infantry Division (Timberwolves) liberated the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp.  The Timberwolves were later recognized as liberators by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the US Army's Center of Military History.  Upon visiting the camp, my father, Captain E. J. McCully, writes about the unspeakable conditions and describes it as “a scene that will live forever in my memory.”  What follows is a brief excerpt from one of his journals:

 

My driver and I investigated one of the barracks and here was the ultimate horror—many of the slaves had died in bed, too weak to run for the air raid shelters, if the Germans had provided any.  They had slept on crude wood, double-decker bunks with straw mattresses and must have been forced to live like animals, for the quarters were the epitome of filth.

 

Captain McCully’s entry on that day continues with a comprehensive account of his observations, followed by his own personal commentary and feelings about the horrendous scene.  Read more about the days following the liberation in Journals of War.

 

 

 

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