Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

July 2008

Creation Date

2008-07-18

Publisher Information

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

Keywords

Armored Division, 20th, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Genocide, Germany, Liberation, American, Peyton, Dallas, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Dallas Peyton. Peyton was in a machine gun squad in the 20th Armored Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945, along with the 42nd and 45th Infantry Divisions. His unit was on its way to Munich when they were redirected to Dachau; the first thing they saw was the infamous death train. They entered the camp, leaving their tanks and trucks at the gate, and walked around inside, seeing the barracks and the crematorium. Peyton saw two particular prisoners, approaching him from different directions, who suddenly stopped and then quickly embraced: friends or relatives, neither had realized the other was still alive. He was at the camp for a couple of days, then went back in 2005 for the sixtieth anniversary. Peyton frequently gives presentations at schools, Jewish temples, and veterans' organizations.

Physical Information

1 sound file (49 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (22 p.)