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, Chalcraft, Elmer, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 63rd., Kaufering, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Elmer Chalcraft. Chalcraft was a member of the 63rd Infantry Division, which liberated Kaufering, a sub-camp of Dachau, on April 29, 1945. While proceeding on the Central Europe Campaign, the division encountered a group of German prisoners who had surrendered to the British. Shortly afterwards, they continued down the road and found the camp. According to Chalcraft, he and his comrades were there only a short time before other American soldiers, possibly from the 36th Infantry Division, told them to leave. Chalcraft describes the prisoners and his reaction to them.

Physical Information

1 sound file (10 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (6 p.)