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, Duoos, Robert S., 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 Robert Duoos. Duoos was a member of the 80th Infantry Division, which liberated Buchenwald on April 12, 1945. He and his unit were separated from the rest of their troop when their jeep broke down, so they stayed behind in Weimar. They heard about Buchenwald from some other American soldiers, and went out to the camp to see it, witnessing the crematorium, hospital, and other areas. When they caught up to their comrades in Nuremberg, Duoos met a French prisoner from Buchenwald, who traveled briefly with the division, and had several conversations with him about the camp. In this interview, Duoos also describes several other wartime experiences, including capturing groups of prisoners and seeing the building in Nuremberg where the war crimes trials were held in 1946.
1 sound file (69 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (19 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Duoos, Robert S. (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Robert Duoos oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, April 3, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 50.