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

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

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Dominick J. Pecchia. Pecchia was a member of the 63rd Infantry Division, which liberated Landsberg on April 29-30, 1945. While on the march, he and his squad came up to the camp and saw that the gates were open and prisoners were streaming out. Though they hesitated, their squad leader kept them moving away from the camp; they did not have the chance to speak with any of the prisoners. This was Pecchia's only encounter with a concentration camp. In this interview, he also describes the Battle of Waldenburg, which happened shortly after he joined the division in Germany.

Physical Information

1 sound file (13 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (10 p.)