Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

August 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center


Armored Division, 6th, Army, Atrocities, Buchenwald, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Harrison, Milton, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Milton Harrison. Harrison was a member of the 9th Armored Infantry Battalion, part of the 6th Armored Division, who were, according to Harrison, the original liberators of Buchenwald in April 1945. The twenty-two man unit fought its way into the camp, subdued the guards, and interviewed some of the prisoners, spending several hours there; the next day, men from two other division arrived. In this interview, Harrison recounts his experiences at Buchenwald, speaking very passionately against the misconceptions about its liberation. He is also the chairman of the Buchenwald Information Committee.

Physical Information

1 sound file (22 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (11 p.)