Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
Armored Division, 11th, Army, Atrocities, Austria, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Keeton, Shelby, Liberation, Mauthausen, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945
This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Shelby Keeton. Keeton was a member of the 11th Armored Division, which liberated Mauthausen on May 6, 1945. He was in an armored infantry battalion and was riding on a tank when his unit entered the camp. They were at the camp for over a month, separating the prisoners by nationality to return them to their countries of origin. While there, Keeton met Simon Wiesenthal, who would become a prominent Nazi hunter after the war. Much of Keeton's time at Mauthausen was spent keeping the prisoners from attacking the guards or members of other ethnic groups; he also helped bring in the local townspeople to bury the bodies.
1 sound file (29 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (25 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Keeton, Shelby (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Shelby Keeton oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, August 20, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 78.