Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

August 2008

Creation Date

2008-08-12

Publisher Information

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

Keywords

Army, Atrocities, Austria, Blatz, Louis P., Buchenwald, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Ebensee, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 80th, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Louis P. Blatz. Blatz was a private in the 80th Infantry Division, which liberated Buchenwald on April 12, 1945 and Ebensee, a sub-camp of Mauthausen, on May 4-5, 1945. Arriving in Europe in January 1945, he joined the division during the Battle of the Bulge. The division proceeded on the Central Europe Campaign and encountered Buchenwald, Ebensee, and a small prisoner of war camp. Blatz describes his experiences at the three camps; he had a camera and took several photographs at Buchenwald. He also describes an encounter with a Holocaust denier several years after the war ended.

Physical Information

1 sound file (21 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (11 p.)