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, Buchenwald, Burrows, Robert, 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 Robert Burrows. Burrows was a member of the 80th Infantry Division, which liberated Buchenwald on April 12, 1945. On April 11, Burrows, who was assigned to the intelligence section, was scouting ahead of the battalion and found a sub-camp of Buchenwald. The camp was nearly deserted; he saw no guards and only two prisoners, whom he did not approach. After looking around, Burrows and his driver continued to Weimar, which the 6th Armored Division and another regiment from the 80th had already reached. In this interview, Burrows also describes some of his other wartime experiences, including finding a group of Jewish refugees on their way to Italy and then to Israel.

Physical Information

1 sound file (34 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (14 p.)