Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

February 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


42nd Rainbow Division Veterans Memorial Foundation, Army, Atrocities, Butt, Herbert A., Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 42nd, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Herbert A. Butt. Butt was a private first class in the 42nd Infantry Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945. The division arrived in Europe in December 1944 and was organized into Task Force Linden, participating in the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland Campaign, and the Central Europe Campaign. While on their way to Munich, they were redirected to Dachau, along with the 45th Infantry Division. Butt speaks about entering Dachau, describing the camp and the prisoners, and sharing his reactions to it. He speaks about Dachau in schools, and has been the national secretary of the Rainbow Division Veterans Memorial Foundation.

Physical Information

1 sound file (58 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (22 p.)