Thursday, January 29, 2015


January 29, 2015

"I have visited one of these myself and I assure you that whatever has been printed on them to date has been understatement. " Eisenhower to Marshall, April 19, 1945 

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

General Dwight Eisenhower inspected the Ohrdruf Nazi labor camp on April 12, 1945, while touring forward battle areas. It was the first camp in Germany liberated by the Western Allies.  

Eisenhower told General George C. Marshall he toured the camp "in order to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to 'propaganda'…. " 

Eisenhower told General Patton shortly after his visit to Ohrdruf that he wanted "every visitor" in the region to see the camps. A day later he wrote General Marshall requesting that he send "about a dozen leaders of Congress and a dozen prominent editors" to tour the camps. Ike also ordered German civilians living near the camps to see the horrors firsthand.  

"I'm not going to let anybody ever say again that all these stories are just made up," Eisenhower told a reporter in 1965, twenty years after his order to publicize the atrocities. 

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Image: Cable, General Eisenhower to General Marshall concerning Nazi horrors; requests visit by members of Congress and the media, April 19, 1945 [Dwight D. Eisenhower's Pre-Presidentia l Papers, Principal File, Box 134, Cables Off (GCM/DDE 19 Apr - 10 Nov 45 (4); NAID #12007738]

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