Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

August 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Army, Atrocities, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Holocaust, 1939-1945, Infantry Division, 36th, Jews, Latimer, Don, American, Rescue, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Don Latimer. Latimer was a radio operator in the 36th Infantry Division's reconnaissance troop, which encountered a death train in the vicinity of Bad Tölz in late April 1945. The train had several boxcars, nailed shut, with many Jewish prisoners inside, some alive, some dead. Latimer remained in his armored car, staying in radio contact with the platoons and with headquarters, while his comrades opened the train doors. They gave the prisoners food, water, and medical treatment and continued on to Bad Tölz. Latimer describes the train encounter as one of the most traumatic events of the war for him. He did not see any other camps during the war but later visited Auschwitz and Birkenau.

Physical Information

1 sound file (31 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (16 p.)