NEWS FROM HOME – A JEWISH, AUSTRIAN-BORN GI LIBERATES BUCHENWALD AND DISCOVERS THE FATE OF HIS FAMILY

From YANK MAGAZINE

BUCHENWALD, GERMANY—When the Sixth Armored Division overran the infamous concentration camp here, 2d Lt. Frederick Praeger of the IPW section was assigned to question the prisoners in a preliminary investigation of the horrible conditions at the camp.



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NEWS FROM HOME – A JEWISH, AUSTRIAN-BORN GI LIBERATES BUCHENWALD AND DISCOVERS THE FATE OF HIS FAMILY

Questioning one Viennese prisoner, Lt. Praeger asked him if he had known a Dr. Praeger, also from Vienna at Buchenwald.

“Yes,” the prisoner replied. “The doctor was in the same labor gang with me. But he became to weak to work in 1942 and the Germans took him to the gas chamber at Auschwitz.”

Another prisoner, a Czech Jew standing nearby, substantiated the story.

“It is correct,” he said. “The doctor worked the other end of the saw with me before the Germans took him away.”

That is how Lt. Praeger, a Jewish refugee from Austria, found out that his father, who he had not heard from in six years, had been killed by the Germans. Dr. Praeger, a Viennese book publisher, was imprisoned in 1938, along with his wife, for printing anti-Nazi books. According to information Lt. Praeger has received from underground sources, his mother was also murdered by the Germans at a Czechoslovakian concentration camp several months ago.

Lt. Praeger, an ex-GI who was commissioned in the field, went to the U.S. in 1938, He lived in Kansas City, Kans., before enlisting in the Army.

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An American Army Rabbi holds a Passover service for Jewish survivors of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp.



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One thought on “NEWS FROM HOME – A JEWISH, AUSTRIAN-BORN GI LIBERATES BUCHENWALD AND DISCOVERS THE FATE OF HIS FAMILY

  • Bill Getz says:

    Anti-Judaism has been a blight upon humanity since its earlier days. I often wondered why and the only conclusion that has a common theme is jealousy. Historically, Jews have been successful in business and in several intellectual pursuits. An out of proportion of them have high intelligence and probably hold more Pulitzers than any other identifiable group. Lesser humans are envious. No, I am not a Jew.

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