Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

May 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Armored Division, 20th, Army, Atrocities, Cohen, Herbert, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Genocide, Germany, Jewish veterans, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Herbert Cohen. Cohen was a member of the 20th Armored Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945. His unit also liberated the Hadamar Euthanasia Center and Mühldorf, a sub-camp of Dachau. They did not spend much time at Hadamar as they ran through the hospital looking for the guards, but they did go through Dachau more slowly. Cohen saw the crematorium at Dachau and spoke to some of the prisoners in Yiddish, and he also talked to the townspeople, who denied knowing anything about the camp. During this interview, he reads some excerpts from his division's history book.

Physical Information

1 sound file (37 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (21 p.)