Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
Battle of the Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge, 1944-1945, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 63rd., Kerins, Jack, Landsberg, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945
This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camps liberator Jack Kerins. Kerins was a member of the 63rd Infantry Division, which liberated Landsberg on April 29, 1945. The division went over in late 1944 and saw its first combat in the Battle of the Bulge and proceeded through Germany on the Rhineland Campaign, where Kerins was given a field promotion to second lieutenant. The division encountered Landsberg while chasing the Germans, and were told to stop at the camp, which Kerins decided to see for himself. He describes the prisoners, including an encounter with one particular man, whom the division took to a nearby house to find clothes. In this interview, he also describes some of his other wartime experiences.
1 sound file (55 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (18 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Kerins, Jack (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Jack Kerins oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, April 21, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 79.