Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

November 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Armored Division, 14th, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Genocide, Germany, Highsmith, Robert, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Robert Highsmith. Highsmith was a member of the 14th Armored Division, which liberated Ampfing, a sub-camp of Dachau, on May 1, 1945. The division went overseas in October 1944 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where they had two major battles. On campaign through central Europe, they were given the objective to take the Ampfing camp. The guards had already left the camp by that time; Highsmith recalls about that about 100 prisoners remained. In this interview, he describes finding the camp and his reactions to the prisoners

Physical Information

1 sound file (27 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (13 p.)