Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

June 2008

Creation Date

2008-06-30

Publisher Information

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

Keywords

Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, De Tomasi, Aldo, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 104th, Liberation, Nordhausen, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Aldo De Tomasi. De Tomasi was a member of the 104th Infantry Division, which liberated Nordhausen, part of the Dora-Mittelbau complex of camps, on April 11, 1945. He joined the division during the Battle of the Bulge, which was his first combat action. After the Bulge, while proceeding through Germany, the division came to a fork in the road; most of the division took the left fork, but De Tomasi's unit took the other, which led them to Nordhausen. They were the first unit to arrive at the camp, and were followed by the rest of the division and the medics. In this interview, De Tomasi describes finding the camp and seeing the prisoners there.

Physical Information

1 sound file (18 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (11 p.)