Horace Berry | S.C. Voices: Lessons from the Holocaust
Born in 1920 in Greer, S.C., Horace Berry graduated from Clemson in 1941 and entered the service. As part of Patton's army, he was assigned to bury the dead and send surviving Jews to hospitals in Wales and Austria. At Dachau, he learned that prisoners who were deemed troublemakers were shot; most were gassed. He found it inconceivable that people of one race could treat members of another race in such a way. He recalled that starving prisoners who were given candy sometimes died from cramping and that sometimes they ate cigarettes whole. Until now, Berry says he has never talked about his experiences. "If you dwelled on it, it would be very depressing."