Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Foster, Hugh F., III, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 42nd, Infantry Division, 45th, Liberation, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945
This is an oral history interview with military historian Hugh F. Foster III. Foster, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and Vietnam veteran, has studied the Dachau liberation since 1990 and is frequently consulted by other researchers. In this interview, he analyzes the American offense during the last few months of World War II, discussing why divisions frequently stayed in concentration camps for only a few hours, or even passed them by altogether. He also addresses the longstanding debate between the 42nd and 45th Infantry Divisions about who actually reached Dachau first, and the question of how the Army was equipped to care for thousands of liberated prisoners.
1 sound file (15 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (6 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Foster, Hugh F. III (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Hugh F. Foster III oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, August 20, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 58.