Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

September 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Armored Division, 11th, Army, Atrocities, Austria, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Jewish veterans, Liberation, Mauthausen, American, Sherman, George, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator George Sherman. Sherman was a tank gunner in the 11th Armored Division, which liberated Mauthausen on May 6, 1945. They discovered the camp while looking for the Russian soldiers they were supposed to meet. They could smell the camp long before they arrived at the gates and could hear people yelling. His unit drove into the camp and stopped, seeing the barracks, the dead bodies, and the surviving prisoners; they radioed back to headquarters, and their officers joined them shortly afterward. Sherman was in the camp for about two hours before being sent to continue his mission. The first time he spoke publically about Mauthausen was at an event sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; he was later interviewed by a reporter from his local newspaper.

Physical Information

1 sound file (44 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (17 p.)