Ethel Stafford | S.C Voices: Lessons of Holocaust

Born in New York, Ethel Stafford graduated from nurses' training in 1944, went in the Army, and was transferred to Europe. She didn't know what was happening to Jews. The medical staff she was with came in and took over Guadelupe Camp and took German prisoners into the hospital. It was so incredibly inhumane. Bodies burned from the waist down. The guards had set fire to a straw-floored building burning 1000 people alive. The stench was terrible. They brought the German townspeople to the site to bury each body in an individual grave. All denied any knowledge of what was going on. She couldn't believe that people could do this to other human beings. "We must learn to respect the person, not the status, and be kinder," she says.

 

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