Clip 3 from the "Witness to the Holocaust" Television Program (TI or higher - Dial up or 56K modem)

Dr. Fred R. Crawford was Director of Emory University's Center for Research in Social Change in 1978 when he began the Witness to the Holocaust Project, a compilation of liberator interviews, photographs, video, audio and textual files dealing with the Holocaust, the liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps in 1945 and the aftermath and consequences of the Holocaust.

Dr. Crawford had an interesting and distinguished career before his death at age 58 in 1982. He was a 20-year-old fighter pilot in 1944 when he was shot down over Hungary. Crawford was mistaken for a Jew and almost executed on the spot. The gold cross he wore on a chain with his dogtag saved his life. He was sent instead to Stalag Luft III, a German prisoner of war camp made famous in the movie, "The Great Escape." His experiences as a POW, coupled with an unforgettable visit to the Dachau concentration camp, just after its liberation, changed him profoundly.

Speaking of his experiences, Crawford said, "As a POW, I learned what it feels like to be pushed around. I realized that there were in my own country a great many people who were placed in much that same position by society."

Crawford earned a doctorate in sociology in 1957 at the University of Texas. He came to Emory in 1965 to teach sociology and to direct the Center for Research in Social Change. He was a noted authority in such diverse fields as mental health, criminology and race relations. Among other appointments, he served as chief investigator for a team of researchers studying the local effects of Office of Economic Opportunity Programs.

The Witness to the Holocaust Project Files serve as an enduring legacy for a man who said of his life's work: "I wanted to help solve problems that I felt were hurting people."