Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

October 2008

Creation Date

2008-10-12

Publisher Information

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

Keywords

Armored Cavalry Regiment, 3rd, Armored Cavalry Regiment, 3rd., Army, Atrocities, Austria, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Ebensee, Genocide, Liberation, Persinger, Robert, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Robert Persinger. Persinger was in a reconnaissance squadron in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, which was attached to the 80th Infantry Division when Ebensee was liberated on May 6, 1945. The squadron arrived in Europe in the summer of 1944 and fought at the Battle of Metz and the Battle of the Bulge, then proceeded on campaign through Europe. Assigned to capture and hold the town of Ebensee, they learned from the townspeople of a concentration camp up in the mountains. Persinger took two tanks and went to investigate; when they arrived, they walked through the camp, seeing the barracks and crematorium, and then radioed back to the platoon. They stayed in the camp for over a week while medical personnel began treating the prisoners. Persinger has been invited back to Ebensee for memorial services three times and has met many ex-prisoners.

Physical Information

1 sound file (37 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (16 p.)