Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

June 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Battle of the Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge, 1944-1945, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Dorris, James, 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 James Dorris. Dorris was a member of the 42nd Infantry Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945. The division arrived in France 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. In this interview, Dorris describes entering the camp, where he was placed on guard duty to keep the former prisoners from leaving; one of them gave Dorris a cigarette butt that he had been saving. They stayed in the camp that night, sleeping in one of the guards' houses, and left the next morning for Munich.

Physical Information

1 sound file (43 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (18 p.)