Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

August 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Army, Atrocities, Brockman, Clarence H., Buchenwald, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 80th, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Clarence H. Brockman. Brockman was a private first class in the 80th Infantry Division when it liberated Buchenwald on April 12, 1945. Arriving in Europe in the summer of 1944, after D-Day, their first battle was the Battle of Falaise Gap. After that, the division made its way through France, Luxembourg, and Germany on the Central Europe Campaign. While on the way to Buchenwald, Brockman and three others were the first to find a small camp near Weimar. The division encountered several other smaller camps before and after Buchenwald. Brockman describes his experiences at the camps and his reaction to what he saw. He also tells of several incidents where he took German soldiers prisoner.

Physical Information

1 sound file (68 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (25 p.)