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


Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Glenchur, Harry, Infantry Division, 89th, Liberation, Ohrdruf, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Harry Glenchur. Glenchur was a private first class in the 89th Infantry Division, which liberated Ohrdruf, a sub-camp of Buchenwald, on April 4, 1945. While on campaign through the Rhineland, his unit was billeted in the town of Ohrdruf. Glenchur and his comrades went through the concentration camp, witnessing the barracks and the crematorium. Since he spoke a little German Glenchur was occasionally used as an interpreter, and he took the battalion commander through the camp. In this interview, he describes his reactions to the camp and the inmates and recounts some of his other wartime experiences.

Physical Information

1 sound file (41 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (14 p.)