Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

May 2008

Creation Date

2008-05-28

Publisher Information

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

Keywords

Armored Division, 4th, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Generals, Genocide, Germany, Irzyk, Albin F., Liberation, Ohrdruf, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Albin F. Irzyk. Irzyk was the commander of the 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, which liberated Ohrdruf on April 4, 1945. In this interview, he gives the highlights of the division's arrival in Europe, experiences during the Battle of the Bulge, and progression through the Rhineland. En route to Dresden, Irzyk received orders to go to Ohdruf and look for an underground complex which was thought to hold communications equipment. His division bivouacked outside the town for the night and started to hear reports of bodies. The next morning, Irzyk went into the camp to look around, finding over 300 corpses. He describes his reactions to the camp and how it affected him as a commanding officer. Irzyk retired from the army as a brigadier general and is the author of three books about the U.S. military.

Physical Information

1 sound file (40 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (13 p.)