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WWII Vet Who Liberated Nazi Train Dies in Sarasota

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Steve Newborn
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WUSF

A World War II veteran from Sarasota whose account of liberating Holocaust victims from a Nazi train led to reunions with the survivors 60 years later died Monday at his home.

Carrol Walsh,  a retired New York judge, was 91.

Walsh and other American soldiers liberated 2,500 Jewish concentration camp prisoners from a Nazi train at the end of World War II.

His story was posted on a website his friend Matthew Rozell created for the history class he teaches at Hudson Falls High School in upstate New York.

That led to a series of reunions involving veterans and train survivors in New York, South Carolina and Tennessee.

WUSF interviewed Walsh when he lived in New Port Richey in 2009. Click HERE to see the story and click on the "Audio File" button below to listen to the story.