Eisenhower’s letter to George C. Marshall.

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On April 4, 1945 Ohrdruf was the first concentration camp to be liberated by the US Army. Eight days later on April 12th, the camp was visited by Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower,  George S. Patton and Omar Bradley.

They were shocked by what they witnessed there , After his visit Eisenhower send a writing to General George C. Marshall, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, reporting on what he had seen.

“the most interesting—although horrible—sight that I encountered during the trip was a visit to a German internment camp near Gotha. The things I saw beggar description. While I was touring the camp I encountered three men who had been inmates and by one ruse or another had made their escape. I interviewed them through an interpreter. The visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were so overpowering as…

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