|Two Jewish girls, dressed in striped-prisoner garb, look
distastefully at car loaded with NAZI victims.
To the 143rd Infantry befell
the task of guarding Festung Landsberg, the prison in which Adolph Hitler spent 14 months
in 1923-24, writing his infamous "Mein Kampf."
|Division men saw NAZI brutality at first-hand
||Landsberg prison under the Nazis confined both
criminals, as judged by German law, and political prisoners, indiscriminately. When the
Yanks arrived, the fortress, built to accommodate 500, was crammed with 1,400 pathetic
prisoners of many nationalities.
American Control Commission separated political prisoners from the criminal cases and
returned many of them to their homelands. Some of the latter had experienced indescribable
privation in other camps and were confined to the sick bay.
Doughs rated as most pleasant in the prison, the
steamheated room in which Der Fuehrer dictated to Rudolph Hess.
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