Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

November 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Armored Division, 4th, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Fenchel, Herbert D., Fenchel, Jean, Genocide, Liberation, Ohrdruf, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Jean Fenchel, widow of Holocaust concentration camp liberator Herbert D. Fenchel. Dr. Fenchel was a member of the 4th Armored Division, which liberated Ohrdruf on April 4, 1945. His tank was one of the first to enter the gates. He died in October 2008, before this interview was conducted. Mrs. Fenchel briefly describes her husband's initial encounter with Ohrdruf and recounts a trip that she and her husband made to the camp many years later.

Physical Information

1 sound file (4 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (3 p.)