Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

October 2008

Creation Date

2008-10-07

Publisher Information

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

Keywords

Armored Division, 14th, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Genocide, Germany, Glucksman, Sidney, Jewish veterans, Klein, Jerome E., Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Jerome Klein. Klein was a rifleman in the 14th Armored Division, which arrived at Dachau the day after its liberation on April 29, 1945. He and his comrades were taken to see the camp because the commanders wanted as many witnesses as possible to what had happened there. Klein wandered around the camp, taking pictures with a camera that a German doctor had given him, and met a young prisoner named Sidney Glucksman. They spoke for a while, and Klein gave Glucksman his contact information; they continued to correspond while Klein was on occupation duty in Munich, and continued after his return to the United States. Klein and his family sponsored Glucksman to come to America, and Glucksman lived with them for several months. Their friendship continues to the present day.

Physical Information

1 sound file (44 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (16 p.)