Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

July 2008

Creation Date

2008-07-18

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, 63rd., Jewish veterans, Koch, Vincent, Landsberg, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Vincent Koch. Koch was a sergeant in the 63rd Infantry Division, which liberated Landsberg on April 29, 1945. He was one of the first soldiers to enter Landsberg, which they found en route to Munich. The guards had left and the gates were open, but the prisoners were still in their barracks. Shortly before finding the camp, Koch had received a care package from his family, and he tried to share some of the food with the prisoners, but his captain advised him against doing so. Koch's unit was in the camp for several days, helping the medical team evacuate the inmates. In this interview, Koch also discusses how being a Jew affected his military experience.

Physical Information

1 sound file (77 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (35 p.)