Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

September 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, Dachau, Genocide, Germany, Hallowell, John R., Infantry Division, 45th, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator John R. Hallowell. Hallowell began as a mortar man and was eventually a warrant officer in the 45th Infantry Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945. He went overseas with the division in 1942 and served in North Africa, Italy, and the invasion of southern France. After crossing the Siegfried Line and progressing through Germany, they captured Nuremberg and ran into Dachau on the way to Munich. Hallowell was present the day the camp was liberated and the day after, when he was assigned to escort a photographer around. In this interview, he describes finding the camp, seeing the prisoners, and his reactions to the sights. A writer by profession, Hallowell was his regiment's historian during the war and is also the president of his regiment's association.

Physical Information

1 sound file (43 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (16 p.)