Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

June 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Battle of the Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge, 1944-1945, Armored Division, 3rd, Armored Division, 3rd., Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dora, Genocide, Germany, Liberation, American, Pierro, Aurio J., United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Aurio J. Pierro. Pierro was a tank commander in the 3rd Armored Division, which liberated Dora-Mittelbau on April 11, 1945. His platoon found a fence with a gate and a barracks on the other side of the fence, which turned out to be the concentration camp. They went through the gate and the prisoners came out; when they realized that the soldiers were Americans, they started jumping for joy. Some of Pierro's men wandered around on foot and directed him to look in a particular building, which contained several dead prisoners. The next day, they left the camp to continue on their mission; that was the only camp they saw. In this interview, Pierro also recounts some other stories from his arrival at Normandy two weeks after D-Day and from the Battle of the Bulge.

Physical Information

1 sound file (50 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (21 p.)