"...Joe Barbella was serving in the 11th Armored Division. Because he had
learned to type at Central High School in Newark, when he was drafted
into the Army, he was quickly assigned to be a record keeper for the
division’s medical unit, he said"
"On May 5, 1945, U.S. soldiers from the 11th Armored Division would
cross the Linz border in Austria and liberate Mauthausen. Barbella
wouldn’t enter the camp with the medical unit until the day after it was
liberated, he said."
"When we got there, we saw all these people were skin and bones," Barbella said."
"Kreuzman said she remembers lying down just outside the camp’s
crematorium when the soldiers arrived. She heard the words: "You’re
"She fainted and a soldier carried her to a field hospital, where doctors would start nursing her back to health, she said."