Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

December 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Ahlem, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dorman, William, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 84th, Journalism, Military, Journalists, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator William Dorman. Dorman was a combat correspondent with the 84th Infantry Division, which liberated Ahlem and Salzwedel, both sub-camps of Neuengamme, in April 1945, though Dorman was only present at Ahlem. He was with the second group of soldiers that went into the camp and spent a few hours there. He did not have the chance to talk to any of the survivors since they had all been evacuated before he got there, but he did speak with some German civilians. Before the army, Dorman had been a reporter for the Boston Herald-Traveler, and he wrote several stories about the war, all of which were published. Seeing Ahlem affected him very deeply, which he discusses in this interview.

Physical Information

1 sound file (32 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (17 p.)