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, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, De La Torre, Ventura, 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 Ventura De La Torre. De La Torre was a truck driver in the 80th Infantry Division, which liberated Buchenwald on April 12, 1945. One of the division's original members, he arrived in Europe in August 1944; their first combat was at Argentan later that month. In this interview, De La Torre describes going into Buchenwald and seeing the prisoners, and his reaction to them.

Physical Information

1 sound file (12 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (6 p.)