Claude Hipp | S.C. Voices: Lessons from Holocaust


Born in 1923 in Cross Hill, S.C., Claude Hipp was assigned to the Army infantry in North Carolina in 1943. He was shipped to Europe and marched through Camp Orsdorff where 9,000 workers had been beaten and starved. Bodies were piled on top of each other. Camp leaders tried to hide evidence before the Americans got there. "How can men do this to each other?," he thought. General Patton saw these sights, left, and threw up repeatedly. We had never seen anything like it before. "The average German didn't know anything about it; it really didn't happen. That made me mad . . . It did happen. We want to make sure it doesn't happen again."


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