Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

November 2008

Creation Date

2008-11-01

Publisher Information

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

Keywords

Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Flossenbürg, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 90th, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, Wannemacher, Paul, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Paul Wannemacher. Wannemacher was a member of the 90th Infantry Division, which liberated Flossenbürg on April 23, 1945. His company found the camp and immediately took it over, though Wannemacher was not present, being out on reconnaissance. Shortly afterwards, Wannemacher went to the camp to see what was going on, and another soldier pointed out an inmate who was sprinkling water over several bodies in an attempt to keep the stench down. Walking around the camp he saw the crematorium, the barracks, and the gas chambers, outside of which there were piles of glasses and shoes. They did not stay in the camp very long, leaving to continue their pursuit of the Germans. Wannemacher also visited Dachau after the war was over and describes a large map that had the locations of all the different camps.

Physical Information

1 sound file (10 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (6 p.)