Inside The Gates by Dr. Richard Macdonald
The Nazi Concentration Camp at Ebensee, Austria

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The Konzentrationslager (KZ) Ebensee Concentration Camp was established to house prisoners tasked to further the research and production of the V-2 missile program run by SS Officer Wernher von Braun. This camp was liberated on May 6, 1945. Most historical accounts state that the Eightieth Infantry Division liberated this camp; however, this particular division was around forty miles behind the tanks of the actual group that brought freedom to the 16,694 labor inmates in KZ Ebensee. The Third Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron of the Third Cavalry Group came up the road to the camp at around 10AM on that fateful Sunday; at 2:45PM, the Third Platoon of F Company opened the gates. Unfortunately for the men of these military units they, together with the U.S. Army 139th Evacuation Hospital, became phantom units in historical archives. Their contributions to the liberation of the camp were never recorded. Inside the Gates hopes to change this by detailing the 139th Evacuation Hospital’s involvement in freeing the thousands of inmates in the said Austrian Concentration Camp. Book Events: June 29, 2010 TV interview, lecture and book signing with Bob Persinger, the tank commander, who opened the gate at KZ Ebensee in Rockford IL. Aug 17th, 2010 in San Francisco to personally hand and sign the book to Ken Colvin, whose poem Inside the Gates, became the source for the title of the book. Aug 29, 2010 will be speaking at the Peoria Universalist-Unitarian Church on the process of how I self-published Inside the Gates Early September 2010 - fund raiser by volunteer military support group for Youngstown OH Air Force Base in Youngstown OH. Will have book signing with a survivor of KZ Ebensee, Fred Kubli, Jr. the 139th Evac Hospital´s personnel clerk and myself at fund raiser. Middle of September 2010 will be in Kansas City MO for book signing First week in November 2010 will be at Camp Shelby MS and Hattiesburg MS Public Library for book signing and lecture. Lecture/book signing Nov 2 at Hattiesburg Public library/Camp Shelby Museum MS and Nov 4 lecture/book signing Foley Al Public library. Oct 6th taped 1/2 hour TV show in Chicago which will be broadcast on November 13, 2010. On that day can see whole program on web page: To be scheduled for lecture/book signing next year at Ft Hood TX Museum after 3rd Cavalry unit returns from Iraq. Bob Persinger, tank commander whose tank "Lucky Lady" liberated Ebensee concentration camp in May 1945, will accompany me to Ft Hood TX. Talks to Peoria Rotary North on September 9, 2010 and scheduled for Pekin Rotary Club February 2, 2011. Talk to Eureka IL Rotary Club on March 7, 2011 Invited by Ebensee Zeitgeschichte Museum as speaker on May 7, 2011 in Austria at ceremony to celebrate the May 6, 1945 liberation of the Ebensee Concentration Camp. YouTube links to Chicago interview on November 13, 2010 part 1- Part 2-

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Published June 1, 2010 by Xlibris. 184 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction