“This was not a killing camp, this was a starvation camp. They starved people to death. There’s nothing worse than that kind of starvation. They were just skin and bones. You couldn’t tell the dead from the living. Some of them had fallen into the latrine pits – they couldn’t get up. No energy.
There were lots of bodies they hadn’t gotten rid of by the time we got there. They were stacked up, about seven or eight high.
Seeing this had an effect on everybody. I wanted to stay drunk for the rest of my life. There was nothing that could make me forget it.”
- Al Tarbell, Sergeant, United States Army, WW II (Brave Men, Gentle Heroes by Michael Takiff)
(We can never really grasp what our men and women go through who serve in the military, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. It’s important to remember the baggage they come home with, so that we can serve and honor them better.)