Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

September 2008

Creation Date

2008-09-05

Publisher Information

Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center

Keywords

Allach, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 45th, Liberation, Panebianco, Albert R., American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Albert R. Panebianco. Panebianco was a staff sergeant with the 45th Infantry Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945. While on the way to Munich, the battalion commander, Felix Sparks, received a call about the concentration camp and took one of his companies to investigate. Panebianco's company returned that evening and spent the night there; he walked around the camp, but did not go into the buildings. The following day, he was put in charge of guarding the women's camp at Allach, a nearby sub-camp. At Allach, he talked to one woman who told him about the camp and the conditions there. Panebianco did not speak about Dachau until the 1980s, and in 1997 he created a website about the 45th Division's role in liberating the camp, which he maintained until his death in 2010.

Physical Information

1 sound file (51 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (23 p.)