Holocaust Survivors Reunite With Vet

By CHRIS CAROLA
The Associated Press/WASHINGTON POST
Friday, September 14, 2007; 11:30 AM

HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. — Carrol “Red” Walsh didn’t know what to expect when his patrol came across a train stopped along a hillside during the U.S. Army’s dash across northern Germany in the final, chaotic days of World War II.

In and around the abandoned line of freight cars milled some 2,500 emaciated and ragged Jewish prisoners from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. There were scores of children.

“They were just jammed, crammed in there,” said Walsh, a 24-year-old tank commander in April 1945.

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Reunion Brings Holocaust Survivors, Rescuer Together at Hudson Falls

Sep 14, 2007 08:31 PM EDT

In Germany, 1945, a train filled with Jewish families who had survived one concentration camp was on its way to another, when suddenly it was stopped by American troops. Two American tank commanders then hopped on board to notify the prisoners that they were now freed.

Today some of those survivors were reunited with one of the tank commanders thanks to a unique program at Hudson Falls High School.

It was a reunion like no other when three men who survived the Holocaust and the American tank commander who set them free came together once more. 86-year old retired State Supreme Court Judge Carroll Walsh was just 24 when the prisoner train near Magdeburg was liberated. He couldn’t believe what he saw then.

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