Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

January 2009

Creation Date

2009-01-25

Publisher Information

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

Keywords

Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 84th, Kerr, Creighton, Liberation, American, Salzwedel, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Creighton Kerr. Kerr was a member of the 84th Infantry Division, which liberated Salzwedel on April 29, 1945. After capturing the town of Hannover, his unit found a Russian prisoner of war who told them about the nearby concentration camp, and they went to investigate. The guards had already fled, and the prisoners were screaming and dancing for joy. Kerr met two American soldiers, prisoners of war in the camp and gave one of them his rifle and some ammunition; to the other, he gave some of his rations, and he talked with him briefly. They were only in the camp for a short time before they had to leave. Kerr later met one of the former prisoners at one of his division's reunions.

Physical Information

1 sound file (20 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (11 p.)