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Nazi death train at Farsleben: ‘They were next to skeletons’ (WWII oral history)

Frank Towers, a 97-year-old World War II veteran and one of the main subjects in my “Christmas at War” story from last year, witnessed two major but largely untold events from the Eastern Front.

The first was U.S. air forces accidentally bombing their own troops at Malmedy, Belgium, in the confusion of the Battle of the Bulge. The second was the freeing of 2,500 Jewish prisoners at Farsleben as they were being transported from one concentration camp to another. 

In the above video, Towers recalls the liberation, a conceptually joyous occasion but one that captures the graphic horrors many of WWII’s prisoners had to endure.

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