Dominican Brother Edward Doyle, O.P. (1907-1997) served as a Chaplain with the U.S. Army’s 104th Infantry Division during World War II and taught at Providence College, where his papers reside.
Fr. Doyle’s papers are comprised primarily of clippings, correspondence, programs, and articles relating to the 40th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion (June 6, 1944) and the 1st U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council International Liberators Conference (October 26-28, 1981). In 1943, Doyle was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant and assigned to the 104th Infantry Division. After months of training the division departed for Europe in August 1944 and spent the next nine months in continuous combat through France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany. The collection contains an important assortment of photographs taken in April 1945 by Doyle at the Nordhausen concentration camp in Germany, a sub-camp of the notorious death camp Buchenwald, and a number of photographs of Doyle before and after his military service.
Never forgetting his experience during World War II, Doyle attended multiple Holocaust remembrance events during the 1980s and 1990s, sharing his experience with others so that it would never be forgotten.
The Doyle collection has been digitized and is available from Providence College’s Digital Collections.
A complete finding aid for the collection can be found on Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online.
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