Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

July 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Adams, Albert J., Armored Division, 11th, Army, Atrocities, Austria, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Gusen, Liberation, Mauthausen, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Albert J. Adams. Adams was a member of the 11th Armored Division when it liberated Mauthausen-Gusen on May 5, 1945. Arriving in Europe in late 1944, the division progressed through France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria during the Battle of the Bulge and the Central Europe Campaign. Adams describes his experiences leading up to their arrival at Mauthausen, which they learned about from other American soldiers. One of the camp's prisoners approached him and asked, in English, to borrow his carbine, which he allowed. This prisoner then took Adams on a complete tour of the camp, showing him the buses, quarry, and other things. Adams and his division remained in Mauthausen until the war ended.

Physical Information

1 sound file (48 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (20 p.)