Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dachau, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 42nd, Krenkler, Frederick, Liberation, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945
This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Frederick "Fritz" Krenkler. Krenkler, who was born in Germany, was in an Intelligence & Reconnaissance platoon in the 42nd Infantry Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945. As a native speaker of German, his job was to question prisoners, looking for war criminals. He was ordered to take two POWs to show him the best way to Dachau; as they approached, a tank fired on their jeep. Krenkler did not go into the camp that day as he was interrogating the guards in a courtyard and quickly moved on to continue his work. He returned to visit the camp several weeks later, after the war had ended. In this interview, he also discusses post-traumatic stress disorder and how seeing Dachau has affected his life.
1 sound file (75 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (32 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Krenkler, Frederick (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Frederick "Fritz" Krenkler oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, March 18, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 83.