During the last days of World War II in Europe, First Lt. Roy Long’s infantry unit discovered a concentration camp near the village of Wels, Austria. When the young lieutenant entered a building within the camp, there was no sound, but he saw dozens of expressionless faces staring back at him. “That’s how I was greeted,” Long said, “absolute silence.” Those faces and the silence bothers Long to this day.
Later, in November of 1945 Long was assigned to a company in charge of guarding the judges of the Nuremberg Trials. As a result, he was allowed to see the trials whenever he wished. Long said he was so close, he could almost reach out and touch Goering.
Enterprise Newspaper online editor Leeanna Ellis and I recently interviewed this 91-year-old Blair native who now lives in Omaha. Long’s fascinating story appears in this week’s Washington County Pilot-Tribune.