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


Army, Army, 1st, Army, 1st., Atrocities, Buchenwald, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Liberation, American, Snodgrass, Harry, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Harry Snodgrass. Snodgrass was a driver with the First Army. Arriving the day after D-Day, his responsibility was to take personnel where they needed to go. On April 12, 1945, he was driving a lieutenant back from an appointment when they saw some dead cows, and the lieutenant told him to follow the road, which led into a Buchenwald sub-camp. There were no Americans there, only prisoners. Snodgrass talked to one man, who showed him a building where the guards killed people. They spent only an hour at the camp as there was nothing they could do for the survivors. Snodgrass frequently speaks to schools and other audiences about the Holocaust. In this interview, his wife Ruth also comments, describing the first time her husband told her about Buchenwald.

Physical Information

1 sound file (27 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (17 p.)