Allen Carson Wise | S.C. Voices: Lessons from the Holocaust


Allen Wise is a native of Saluda, S.C. Graduating from medical school in 1943, he joined the Army and went to Germany. In 1945, his unit found a barn full of emaciated prisoners who had been burned to death. Three hundred bodies were still piled atop each other at the doorway, where victims had tried to escape. In all 1000 died; seven survived. He located as many citizens as possible and showed them what had happened. He believes that probably most locals had begun to see the truth already and they were trying to hide any evidence of mistreated political prisoners. They viewed a limited part of the planned process of elimination of Jewish people through gas chambers and crematoria. "I saw this part; saw what happened, and left. Today it seems worse than then."


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