Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

August 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Army, Army, 5th, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Jewish veterans, Landsberg, Liberation, Music and the war, American, Schutz, Bernard, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Bernard Schutz. Schutz, a musician and comedian, was a member of the 20th Special Service Unit, which was attached to the 5th Army, accompanying them across North Africa and Europe. In France, he met a family of Jewish refugees that had been in hiding and were now trying to get to another town to stay with relatives; he and his party escorted them there, and the father gave him a photograph in thanks. His next encounter with the Holocaust came in April 1945 when Landsberg was liberated. Schutz heard about it and went to see the camp. He was not allowed past the gate, due to concerns about disease, but saw the prisoners inside. Schutz is married to a Holocaust survivor from the Netherlands and is active with several Jewish and Holocaust remembrance groups, including the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Physical Information

1 sound file (36 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (20 p.)