US to Honor Nazis' Secret Soldier Slaves

350 survivors vowed to keep abuses secret
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2008 4:30 AM CST

(Newser) – After 64 years, the US Army will finally honor 350 American soldiers who were tortured and enslaved during the Holocaust's final months, CNN reports. The Nazis beat, starved and forced the war prisoners to work in a section of the Buchenwald  concentration camp. Some 100 of them died, and survivors were ordered by American officials to sign US government secrecy documents pledging never to discuss their captivity. Their story emerged only recently, prompting Congress to demand their recognition.

"Why the silence all these years?" asked one of the soldiers, who was a 20-year-old medic in 1945. He kept a daily diary documenting his imprisonment. "It's finally gotten to a point where the Army is coming to their senses after they ignored us."
(Read more soldier stories.)

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