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Title: Minoru "Min" Tsubota Interview
Narrator: Minoru "Min" Tsubota
Interviewers: Tom Ikeda (primary); Tetsuden Kashima (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: August 18, 2003
Densho ID: denshovh-tminoru-01-0038

MT: And we were, there was about, we were one of the units with the hakujin units that liberated Dachau and we, the first night there we bivouacked right there outside of the gate door there. But it was really sad. They were just so hungry. They were sick then and lot of 'em without teeth. They were half dead, actually. And they, but they came out of camp. And we were told not to feed 'em because they hadn't eaten for so long that if we fed 'em anything that they would have died there anyway. But we, when we camped there the first night we, our service battery, 522, camped right by the gate there and we made a sump where we, the kitchen potato peelings and things like that, we'd throw it in the sump. We had it roped off and some of the people would still come through and they grabbed the food and they ate it and they died right there. When we got there, there was quite a few Jewish bodies in the (boxcars) that... the camps, there was none dead in the camp. I went in there, but we could see on the wall where they had stacked up these dead bodies before. And the furnaces were there where they... but I understand that Dachau did not cremate 'em there. They shipped 'em out by boxcar and so... it was really pathetic to see all these Jewish prisoners there.

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