Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Mickey Dorsey

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Title:
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Mickey Dorsey
Interviewer:
Tannenbaum, Karen
Interviewee:
Dorsey, Mickey, 1925-
Date:
2006-01-24
Description:
Mickey Dorsey, a member of the Seventy-first Infantry Division, United States Army, discusses his experiences serving in Europe during World War II. He outlines the movement of the troops through France and Germany, into Austria, where they discovered Gunskirchen Lager, a concentration camp near Lambach. The American soldiers found hundreds of starving prisoners and thousands of dead bodies locked inside. He recalls that he and his fellow soldiers were shocked to learn of the existence of the concentration camps, and he describes his reaction to encountering the Gunskirchen inmates. During the interview, he refers to photographs taken by their division photographer, Joe Daurer, which Dorsey donated to Special Collections, College of Charleston (see Mickey Dorsey papers, Mss. 1065-046). Despite being born with only one finger on his left hand, and in the face of repeated rejections, the Chester, South Carolina, native describes his efforts to enlist in the military. Ultimately, the army accepted him for limited duty, but, after basic training, Dorsey convinced his superiors to allow him to join a combat unit. The interviewee also discusses his work history and reunions with his army division and Gunskirchen survivors.
Collection:
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Gunskirchen (Concentration camp)
Topical Subject:
World War, 1939-1945--Regimental histories--United States--71st Division, World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Language:
English
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-307
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.), Chester County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
audio/mpeg, application/pdf
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Mickey Dorsey, audio interview by Karen Tannenbaum, 24 January 2006, Mss 1035-307, Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2013, College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.