As an officer in the U.S. Army’s 30th Infantry Division, Frank Towers heard rumors about Nazi persecution of the Jews. He dismissed them as propaganda.
“They couldn’t be doing this to the Jews,” Towers said he thought at that time. “That’s just not possible,” he thought — “until I saw it, like Thomas in the Bible.”
On April 14, 1945, the Catholic lieutenant encountered the Holocaust.
Six days earlier, the Nazis had crammed a 50-car train with 2,500 Jewish prisoners of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and attempted to transfer them to Czechoslovakia. Advancing from opposite directions, Soviet and American forces unknowingly trapped the train between them. Most of the guards fled before...READ MORE