Witness to history: Roy Long tells his story

Blair native and Omaha resident Roy Long talks with Leeanna Ellis and Joe Burns about  liberating a concentration camp during the last days of World War II.
Blair native and Omaha resident Roy Long talks with Leeanna Ellis and Joe Burns about liberating a concentration camp during the last days of World War II.

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.

 

Snapshot of Roy Long following the end of World War II in Europe.
Snapshot of Roy Long following the end of World War II in Europe. – photo courtesy Roy Long
Snapshot of Roy Long preparing to  go home  at the end of his tour in Korea.
Snapshot of Roy Long preparing to go home at the end of his tour in Korea. -photo courtesy Roy Long

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