Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
Army, Atrocities, Austria, Concentration camps, Cooper, Delbert D., Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Gunskirchen, Infantry Division, 71st, Infantry Division, 71st., Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945
This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Delbert D. Cooper. Cooper was a private first class in the 71st Infantry Division, which liberated Gunskirchen, a sub-camp of Mauthausen, on May 4, 1945. He arrived in Europe in February 1945, meeting the 71st on its campaign through Germany and Austria. The day after the liberation, he happened across his captain outside a railroad station, who told him to join a group bringing supplies to the nearby camp. Cooper did so, spending a couple of hours in the camp, during which time he had the opportunity to look inside one of the buildings. He describes the camp, initial relief efforts, and the condition of the prisoners, and recounts an incident when he captured a German prisoner who may have been SS.
1 sound file (58 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (19 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Cooper, Delbert D. (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Delbert D. Cooper oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, September 5, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 40.