Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

September 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Army, Atrocities, Austria, Brooks, John P., Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 65th, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator John P. Brooks. Brooks was a soldier in the 65th Infantry Division, which liberated Flossenbürg on April 21, 1945; he also was at Ohrdruf and went to Mauthausen after the war was over. As part of a reconnaissance platoon, his job was to scout the surrounding area, so Brooks did not directly enter the camp. While on the road, he and his comrades did encounter groups of displaced persons, possibly even prisoners on death marches. After the war, he was sent to Hörsching, Austria, a suburb of Linz where there was a small camp.

Physical Information

1 sound file (9 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (6 p.)