"Hearing one person tell their story gave a completely different perspective to what happened, as it wasn't about statistics or about a nation as a whole, but one person who lost his family and home." ~O. Avery (student)
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Anthony Morrone was born in South Philadelphia in 1924 to Italian American parents.
Anthony was drafted into the United States Army in 1943 into the 1st Army 518th Military Police battalion. On April 11th, 1945, at twenty years old, Anthony helped liberate Buchenwald, a Nazi slave labor camp. As Anthony describes the scene, “The smell was horrendous. It was an unbelievable sight. There were hundreds of bodies stacked up like lumber. This was a murder factory.”
The Nazis imprisoned more than 250,000 people in the Buchenwald camp system. They murdered at least 56,000 male prisoners, some 11,000 of them Jews. Only 21,000 survived. Exact mortality figures for Buchenwald can only be estimated, as camp authorities never registered a significant number of the prisoners. At the time of its liberation, it held prisoners from 51 different countries.
Anthony was discharged from military service on Christmas Eve, 1945. After his return home, he learned that one of the prisoners in Buchenwald that he helped rescue was the author and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel. In 2005, Widener University invited Mr. Wiesel to speak at the Kimmel Center and extended an invitation to Anthony to come meet him. “He and I met after his talk. It was one of the greatest moments of my life.”
Today, Anthony and his wife, Mary, live in Mt. Laurel, NJ. He is retired from a very successful Insurance and Real Estate business. They have a daughter and a son.