Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

September 2008

Creation Date

2008-09-05

Publisher Information

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

Keywords

Armored Division, 9th, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Czechoslovakia, Flossenbürg, Genocide, Liberation, American, Tripp, Owen, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Owen Tripp. Tripp was an infantryman in the 9th Armored Division, which liberated Falkenau, a sub-camp of Flossenbürg, on May 8, 1945. His unit only spent about half an hour on the camp, but they were there long enough to go through the barracks, which were deserted except for the fleas, with which Tripp soon was covered. He also saw three boxcars in which there were dozens of dead or nearly dead prisoners. Tripp did not see any other camps, but his division did pass by some prisoners on a death march, although they could not stop to help them.

Physical Information

1 sound file (19 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (12 p.)