Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
Battle of the Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge, 1944-1945, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 84th, Liberation, Ogle, Wayne L., American, Salzwedel, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945
This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Wayne "Roy" Ogle. Ogle was in an anti-tank platoon in the 84th Infantry Division, which liberated Salzwedel on April 14, 1945. He arrived in Europe in November 1944, landing at Omaha Beach, and was in the Battle of the Bulge, where he suffered frostbite and was wounded; after being hospitalized for two weeks, he rejoined his division and they went on to Germany. When Ogle got to Salzwedel the guards had already left and the prisoners were overjoyed, dancing and running around the camp. His unit was at the camp for several days, but Ogle did not enter the camp; instead, he was placed on guard duty outside the gates. Many years after the war, at one of the division's reunions, he met a woman who was descended from Salzwedel survivors.
1 sound file (31 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (16 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Ogle, Wayne L. (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Wayne "Roy" Ogle oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, November 1, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 105.