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, Armored Division, 6th, Army, Atrocities, Buchenwald, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Gerenstein, Harry, Germany, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945
This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Harry Gerenstein. Gerenstein was a truck driver with the 6th Armored Division, which liberated Buchenwald on April 11, 1945. Their convoy encountered some Russians who told them about the camp where they had been prisoners, so Gerenstein and his comrades decided to go see it. They did not spend very long at the camp, feeling overwhelmed by the sights and the smell, but Gerenstein took several photographs of the crematorium. He also helped liberate a small camp of Hungarian Jewish women who were used as factory workers, giving one his spare pair of shoes. In this interview, Gerenstein also describes some of his other wartime experiences as well as his lifelong correspondence with a Belgian woman he met during the Battle of the Bulge.
1 sound file (38 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (14 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Gerenstein, Harry (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Harry Gerenstein oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, May 10, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 60.