Timestamps for Art Stern’s Video
|6:19||The War in Europe|
|35:21||End of the War|
|36:49||After the War|
Born in 1922 in Bayonne, New Jersey, Art Stern grew up with parents who had recently emigrated from the Austro-Hungarian Empire before World War I broke out. After graduating from high school, he got a job in New York City at a record shop. Life was pleasant until the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7th, 1941. From that point, the United States was at war.
Art was drafted into the US Army in November 1942 and was sent to New Orleans for basic training. He was then sent to Panama to help protect the Panama Canal, a vital cargo ship connection between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that the United States depended on to ship cargo and military supplies to the other side of the country. After a year working as a Company Clerk, organizing files, writing letters, and updating duty rosters, Art was transferred to fight in Europe against the Germans in December 1944. He was 22 years old.
On Sunday April 29th, 1945 at 1pm, after several close calls with the enemy, Art’s army unit approached the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, just outside Munich. Nothing prepared him and his fellow soldiers for what they saw. They encountered half-starved prisoners, similar to walking skeletons, and cattle cars filled with dead bodies. His unit then moved to Munich, Germany, to capture the city from the Germans. World War II then ended with the German surrender on May 7, 1945.
After the war, Art was discharged and attended Temple University on the GI Bill. He earned a degree in communications and eventually got a job in the Public Relations service for the US government. He currently lives in Philadelphia, PA.
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