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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1992
|Document Type:||Book, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Lou Potter; William Miles; Nina Rosenblum
|Notes:||A companion book to the television documentary under the same title presented by Public Broadcasting System as part of its "American experience" series, Veterans Day, 1992.|
|Description:||xv, 303 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Lou Potter with William Miles and Nina Rosenblum.|
Tankers aided the Allied victory and helped liberate the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau. Utterly unprepared for the atrocities they witnessed, the soldiers recognized the bitter irony of one persecuted people rescuing another. The camp inmates were equally astounded by the sight of their dark-skinned liberators - some of them had never seen a black person before. Sentiments were mixed at war's end as the prepared to return home: "In our own country, we was.
Nothing in uniform. But over there we were treated like kings. We ate together, slept together. What the hell did I want to go back to America for?" For three decades, the U.S. refused to recognize these soldiers as heroes. In 1978 the battalion's combat records were brought to the attention of President Carter, who presented the 761st with the highest military honors. In 1991 survivors from both sides - the liberators as well as the liberated - returned to Buchenwald to.
Reflect on their pasts and to participate in an extraordinary public television documentary. Liberators, the stunningly illustrated companion volume, recovers an important yet little-known chapter in American history.
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- United States. -- Army -- African American troops -- History -- 20th century.
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- United States. -- Army.
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- World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, African American.
- Geschichte (1941-1945)
- Military participation -- African American.
- Regimental histories.
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