Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

January 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Armored Division, 4th, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Liberation, Ohrdruf, American, Salvio, Sal, Tank warfare, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Sal Salvio. Salvio was a tank driver in the 4th Armored Division, which liberated Ohrdruf on April 4, 1945. As his unit was driving through the forest, they came to a clearing and could see chimneys with smoke coming out of them. They went to investigate and found Ohrdruf, where the guards quickly scattered. Salvio was at the camp for a couple of days, during which time he saw the barracks and crematorium, and he was there when the local townspeople were brought in. In this interview, he describes his job as a tank driver and speaks about what it was like to be in a battle in a tank.

Physical Information

1 sound file (40 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (27 p.)