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Holocaust Liberator Speaks About His Experiences As Part Of Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Commemoration

Holocaust Liberator Richard Dutro speaks at Ohio Statehouse
Jo Ingles
Holocaust Liberator Richard Dutro speaks at Ohio Statehouse

A former northeast Ohio public school teacher and principal is speaking out about disturbing things he’s witnessed in the past. His stories as a liberator at a concentration camp in World War Two led the state’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.

Former Lakewood Public Schools principal Richard Dutro was part of the 42nd Rainbow Division that arrived at Dachau, Germany on April 30th, 1945, one day after the Americans invaded. He says he will never forget what he saw there.

“I was at Dachau for five days but I witnessed some of the most cruel, inhumane activities that I have ever seen in my life.”

Dutro says he didn’t speak about the horrors he witnessed at the concentration camp until a few years ago when he realized if he doesn’t talk about what he saw, people will never realize the atrocities and the climate that led to them. Dutro was part of the Governor’s 37th Annual Holocaust Commemoration at the Statehouse. 

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.