Art Zander was a United States Air Force navigator whose Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber was shot down over France in June 1944. Zander parachuted to safety and after a few weeks on the run he was arrested and soon sent to Buchenwald (Furtherglory of scrapbookpages.com writes about the USAF members who were sent to Buchenwald for collaborating with the French Resistance).
In 1999 Zander received $46,874.00 from the German taxpayer for the four months he spent in Buchenwald, following which, he spoke to a journalist in his home town of Rockford, Illinois, about the Buchenwald gas chamber:
"We figured we'd had it if we were going to Buchenwald," Zander said. "We knew they gassed prisoners in the showers. We figured when they put us in there, we were gone. But they just cleaned us up and gave us clothes from people they had just executed."
Zander said the gas chambers operated constantly at Buchenwald. He remembers the stench from the ovens, where victims' bodies were burned.
- Rockford Register Star, Monday, September 13, 1999.
That wasn't the first occasion Zander has spoken of the Buchenwald gas chambers to a journalist from the Register Star, in another interview two years earlier he'd claimed:
"The gas chambers were working all the time," he said. "You could tell when the ovens were burning. I haven't smelled anything like it since."
- Rockford Register Star, Tuesday, April 22, 1997.