Oral History

George Salton describes liberation by American forces

George was liberated by the American forces in May 1945. He had spent three years during the war in ten different concentration camps. In 1945 he was in the Woebbelin camp in Germany. After liberation, he spent over two years in various displaced persons camps. George immigrated to the United States in October 1947.


Critical Thinking Questions

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What questions does this eyewitness testimony and George's comment "I was 17. I, I was free, but what it meant I wasn't sure" raise for you?

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