IAMA grandson of man who helped liberate Dachau concentration camp 68 years ago today. He doesn't want people to forget what happen, and agreed to answer any questions you might have. I'll be helping him type responses. AMA.
My grandfather was a corporal in 42nd Rainbow Division of the 7th Army. 68 years ago today he helped liberate Dachau concentration camp. He still vividly remembers what he saw, and doesn't want people to forget what happened there. Here is a picture of him standing at the gates. He's the one on the far right looking down at his camera. Unfortunately, his camera was stolen shortly after, and he never got the pics. This was taken by one of his friends. Here is another picture of him standing by a jeep after the war ended. I've also sent some proof to the mods. He got to Dachau 2 hours after it fell. He was 20 years old, and still can't forget what he saw. He will start answering question at 2:00 pm EST.
UPDATE (3:10 EST)- He's a bit overwhelmed by the huge response and a little tired. Thank you for the questions. He will probably answer some more later today. He's truly touched by hearing from many of you, especially descendants of survivors!
UPDATE (8:00 EST)- He loves reading through these comments. I will read him the list of names (there are a lot) to see if he remembers anyone. We'll also go through and try to answer all the question/comments over the coming days. On a personal note, thank you for giving me an opportunity to spend this kind of time with my grandpa... it means so much. Being able to talk to him and hear his stories. This gives me an excuse to keep the conversation going for a long time (hopefully). I've hear from many people who never got this chance. I'm not taking it for granted.
FINAL UPDATE (8:25pm 5/5/14)- My grandfather passed away peacefully with family by his side. Your questions, comments and heartfelt thanks meant a lot to him. He will be missed.