Gloucester native Jennifer Orth-Veillon was the author of an article that appeared last week in the New York Times, part of a series titled “Beyond the World War II We Know.”
The series documents lesser-known stories from the war. Orth-Veillon’s article, “For Some Holocaust Survivors, Even Liberation Was Dehumanizing,” explored “the complex and sometimes dehumanizing interactions between concentration camp prisoners and the Allied soldiers who liberated them,” according to a preface of the article that was published on April 28.
The story involves, in part, her grandfather, Dr. William Hagood, a medic during World War II. “It’s quite a story,” said Orth-Veillon’s father, Dr. Robert “JJ” Orth of Gloucester. “And it is also graphic but it’s the truth, given the letters my father-in-law wrote to his wife during the war, and from a person he befriended that was in one of these camps. They became friends for life.”
Now living in Lyon, France, Orth-Veillon is a freelance writer and...
To view the rest of this article, you must log in. If you do not have an account with us, please subscribe here.