Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

May 2008

Creation Date

2008-05-28

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, 89th, Liberation, Little, Ray David, Ohrdruf, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945

Abstract

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Ray David Little. Little was a driver in a weapons company, a member of the 89th Infantry Division, which liberated Ohrdruf on April 4, 1945. He was not present the day the Americans discovered the camp, arriving the day afterwards. At Ohrdruf, his assignment was to patrol the camp and stop any disturbances, but he also had the opportunity to look around and found an underground communications bunker. It was this facility that had led troops to the area, where they happened on the camp. Little also saw several displaced persons, who had been brought to the camp shortly after liberation. He has a set of photographs of the camp, taken by a friend, which show the bodies in the camp.

Physical Information

1 sound file (38 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (17 p.)