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

Battle of the Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge, 1944-1945, Army, Atrocities, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Dora, Genocide, Germany, Infantry Division, 104th, Jewish veterans, Liberation, Liberman, Sigmund, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Sigmund Liberman. Liberman was a private in the 104th Infantry Division, which liberated Dora-Mittelbau on April 11, 1945. When they captured the camp, he and several other men went to see it; Liberman thinks he was chosen to go because he was Jewish. Several of the prisoners approached them, and he was able to speak to them a little in Yiddish. He was sent to bring people from the nearby town to bury the bodies; when they got back to the camp, other soldiers had the task of supervising the burials while Liberman and his unit went on. Liberman has been frequently interviewed about his military service and was formerly the commander of his local Jewish War Veterans group. In this interview, Liberman also recounts his Battle of the Bulge experiences.

Physical Information

1 sound file (38 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (24 p.)