Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
Airborne Division, 82nd, Army, Atrocities, Boizenburg (Germany), Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Jewish veterans, Liberation, American, Steinfeld, Manfred, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945, Wöbbelin (Concentration camp)
This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Manfred Steinfeld. Steinfeld was a sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division, which liberated Wöbbelin, a sub-camp of Neuengamme, on May 2, 1945. He was not present when the 82nd Airborne found the camp since he was with a group making contact with the Russian forces. They ordered the local townspeople to bury the dead, and Steinfeld, being a German American, coordinated some of these activities with the mayor's office. After the war ended, he was assigned to the town of Boizenburg as military governor. One day, a woman approached him on the street and pointed out another man, who was Ludwig Ramdohr, one of the SS officers from Ravensbrück. The woman was a survivor of the camp, Margarete Buber-Neumann, a prominent member of the German Communist Party. Steinfeld helped her make contact with her daughters in Palestine and was later reunited with one of the daughters. He and his wife are the benefactors of the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
1 sound file (44 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (17 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Steinfeld, Manfred (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Manfred Steinfeld oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, December 23, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 138.