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John H. Horn [1945]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 3rd United States Army Intelligence Center
Service Location: Belgium; Germany
Rank: Staff Sergeant
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John Horn, a staff sergeant with the 3rd United States Army Intelligence Center, was a German-Jewish émigré. While some members of his immediate family left Germany for America or Palestine before the war, many remained. Most of Horn's letters home deal with general topics—the routine of Army life—but in October 1945, Horn writes from Berlin with a heart-wrenching account of the fate of his family. In only a few lines, Horn encapsulates the murder of Germany 's Jews: the round-ups, the danger of living under assumed identities, the efforts of a few who would save Jews undermined by the actions of traitors, and finally the deportations to certain death at Auschwitz.

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