Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Genocide, Georgia Commission on the Holocaust., Germany, Infantry Division, 45th, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, Weiskircher, Russel R., World War, 1939-1945
This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Russel R. Weiskircher. Weiskircher was a sergeant in the 45th Infantry Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945. His battalion was en route to Munich when they received an order diverting them to Dachau, where they were to enter the camp and take it over. The first thing they encountered was a train with thousands of corpses of prisoners from Buchenwald. Weiskircher went through the camp, seeing the gas chamber and crematorium, and witnessed Colonel Felix Sparks' confrontation with the 42nd Infantry Division's General Henning Linden, as well as the incident where soldiers from the 45th killed several German guards. He was in the camp for two days, and came back several times while on occupation duty. Weiskircher began speaking publically about Dachau in 1946, as soon as he returned home, and is a member of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.
1 sound file (110 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (43 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Weiskircher, Russel R. (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Dr. Russel R. Weiskircher oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, December 17, 2007" (2007). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 150.