Senator John Drummond | S.C. Voices | Lessons from the Holocaust


Born in Greenwood, S.C., in 1919, John Drummond joined the Air Force and went to England. He was captured by the Nazis and shipped to a prison camp in Frankfurt where Americans were interrogated. Next he was sent to Berlin and then Barth in the Baltic Sea to the major prison camp for American POWs. In a smaller prison camp, he saw a shower room, which had optional heads for gassing. Drummond was gravely impressed by these alternate shower heads, understanding the reality of what had happened. After the war, Russians did not shelter and protect Jews. Americans fed and took Jewish prisoners to hospitals, causing the Russians to fingerprint and photograph the Americans. "The International Red Cross kept us all living," he says. Then adds, "In conclusion, thank you for collecting all you can about the Holocaust. Maybe it won't happen again."

Senator Drummond died on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Learn more at The


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