Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

July 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Battle of the Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge, 1944-1945, Army, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Infantry Division, 63rd., Jewish veterans, American, United States, Veterans, Waltzer, Joel S., World War, 1939-1945


Oral history interview with World War II veteran Joel S. Waltzer. Waltzer was a member of the 63rd Infantry Division, which liberated Landsberg, Kaufering, and other sub-camps of Dachau. Waltzer, however, was not present at the liberation: having contracted frostbite and dysentery, he spent some time in a hospital in Dijon, then after recovering was transferred to Paris where he was a military policeman. Waltzer enjoyed his time in Paris, although he did face some anti-Semitism from other soldiers. During the Battle of the Bulge, he and his unit spent the night in a former synagogue; the soldiers started to burn pages from the prayer books, which upset Waltzer; he seized the pages and wanted to bury them but did not have the chance.

Physical Information

1 sound file (24 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (11 p.)