Posted by Nate
on Friday, August 4th 2017:
In Reply to: EVER HAVE A BOOK YOU COULD NOT PUT DOWN posted by Art Weiss on Tuesday, August 1st 2017:
Art, you raised an excellent topic; I kept trying to remember one book, which I read, which held my interest over the years, which I found very informative, very moving, and one which I reread over and over again. I finally decided which book it was. It is entitled " Deliverance Day-The Last Hours of Dachau", by Michael Selzer, was written in 1978. It documents how on April 29, 1945, the United States Army accidentally came across the survivors, as well as the victims at the Dachau concentration (death) camp, in Germany. Thef GI's were commanded by Colonel Walter J. Felenz. The book describes in vivid detail, how the GI's were so incensed at the atrocities which they they witnessed, that they immediately engaged in a firefight with members of the SS, who were still firing on our soldiers, from watch towers. Finally, the GI's lined up over 120 SS troops against a wall, and opened fire on them with a machine gun. As Colonel Felenz stated "We fired hundreds of rounds into them". The Army wanted to court martial the soldiers, but General Patton dismissed all charges against them. As many times as I've read that book, whenever I read it again, it is extremely moving. Thanks, Art, for again bringing up a very good topic!
P.S. I heard Colonel Felenz speak in Brooklyn, at the Yeshivah of Flatbush, in 1978. Essentially, he described what occurred, above.
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