Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

June 2008

Creation Date

2008-06-30

Publisher Information

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

Keywords

Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 63rd., Landsberg, Liberation, Pardoe, David, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator David Pardoe. Pardoe was in an anti-tank unit in the 63rd Infantry Division, which liberated Landsberg on April 29, 1945. Unlike most American soldiers, Pardoe knew about concentration camps long before he got to Europe, having read about them in anti-fascist publications; he actually expected to liberate people. When his unit got to the camp, several prisoners were wandering around the grounds; he thinks they had already been liberated earlier that day or the day before. Pardoe's unit was only at the camp for a few minutes, and Pardoe did not have a substantial conversation with any of the prisoners. After the war, he became a high school social studies teacher; in this interview, he describes some of the courses he taught and how his war experiences affected his teaching and personal philosophy.

Physical Information

1 sound file (58 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (18 p.)