Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
Allach, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 45th, Liberation, American, Sutton, William F., United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945
Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator William F. Sutton. Sutton went to Europe with the 63rd Infantry Division but was transferred to the 45th after the Battle of the Bulge; the 45th went on to liberate Dachau on April 29, 1945. On the way to Munich, his unit was diverted to Dachau, arriving at the camp late in the afternoon; they spent about four hours there on guard duty, during which time Sutton did not see any prisoners, and then left, spending the night in the nearby town. The next day, they came upon Allach, a sub-camp of Dachau famous for its porcelain factory. Sutton met a Hungarian prisoner who spoke English, who followed them to Munich and joined his unit, staying with them for the next four months. The man eventually immigrated to the United States, and Sutton visited him several times. In 1990 Sutton and his son attended a reunion of former Dachau prisoners and spoke with some of them.
1 sound file (56 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (20 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Sutton, William F. (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "William F. Sutton oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, April 12, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 142.