Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

August 2008

Creation Date

2008-08-20

Publisher Information

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

Keywords

Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 99th, Liberation, Mühldorf, American, Selwood, Clifford B., United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Clifford B. Selwood. Selwood was a staff sergeant in the 99th Infantry Division, which liberated Mühldorf, a sub-camp of Dachau, on May 3, 1945. He was originally part of the 69th Infantry Division, but was transferred to the 99th as a replacement before the Battle of the Bulge. His first battle was at Elsenborn Ridge, shortly after meeting the 99th. While hitching a ride on some tanks, they came to Mühldorf and saw the camp; the Americans opened the gates, and the skeletal prisoners wandered through the town looking for food. Selwood saw one eating from barrels of lard and sauerkraut. He and his squad went through a house looking for clothing, which they tossed out to the prisoners. After the war ended, Selwood was transferred to the 1st Infantry Division, and he and a friend ran the supply office during the Nuremberg Trials.

Physical Information

1 sound file (29 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (18 p.)