Oral History

US nurse Pat Lynch describes condition of surviving camp inmates upon liberation

Pat was one of thousands of US nurses who served in evacuation hospitals during the liberation of concentration camps in Europe. She cared for camp survivors, many of whom were in critical condition upon liberation.


Critical Thinking Questions

What was the context of the Holocaust and World War II at the time of the events described here?

What do personal testimonies and oral histories like this tell us conditions in the camps?

What other source materials might be helpful to provide more historical context for this eyewitness testimony? What aspects of the history might these other source materials help reveal?

How can personal testimonies and oral histories provide insights into the challenges Allied personnel faced when encountering and documenting the evidence of atrocities?


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