Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

March 2008

Creation Date

2008-03-19

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, Dachau, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 42nd, Liberation, American, Simonson, Ted, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Ted Simonson. Simonson was a member of the 42nd Infantry Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945. En route to Munich, his unit received reports of a prison and went to investigate. There was a brief skirmish, but they quickly took control of the camp and went inside. Simonson was not in the camp for very long, but he did see the death train and some of the survivors, two of whom were killed on the electric fence. His unit was redirected to the town of Dachau, where they asked the civilians about the camp; all of them denied knowing anything. Simonson, a retired teacher, often spoke about the Holocaust to students at his school. In this interview, he also tells some other war stories, including an incident where fellow Dachau liberator Dee Eberhart saved his life.

Physical Information

1 sound file (51 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (22 p.)