Lon Redman | S.C. Voices: Lessons from the Holocaust


In April 1945, just before the war's end, Lon Redman encountered his first concentration camp—Flossenburg. There was no organized resistance against the American soldiers. They easily evacuated the guards. Examining the area, the Americans came upon numerous bodies; some were still alive. They also found a railroad car run by gravity that went down to a third level where there were ovens. The soldiers brought all the citizens from nearby out of their homes to tour the camp and see what had gone on. They claimed they had heard nothing about it. After the war's end, Redman commanded a rehabilitation camp of 5,000 North German Jews. The inhabitants of the camp were fed, clothed, and evacuated to Australia, the U.S., Israel, or wherever they wanted to go.


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