Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 45th, Liberation, American, Rogers, Cranston R., United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945
Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Chan Rogers. Rogers was a sergeant in the 45th Infantry Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945. The day Dachau was liberated, his platoon's assignment was to clean out the civilian houses along the camp's wall and to look for escapees. After that, they went into the camp itself. At that point, the camp was under control and the media correspondents had arrived, but Rogers did see the death train. Before Dachau, he also helped liberate some small slave labor camps. Rogers frequently lectures about the Holocaust, often in conjunction with writer Susie Davidson.
1 sound file (48 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (15 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Rogers, Cranston R. (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Chan Rogers oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, March 18, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 125.