Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
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
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.
1 sound file (38 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (17 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Little, Ray David (Interviewee) and Hirsh, Michael (Interviewer), "Ray David Little oral history interview by Michael Hirsh, May 28, 2008" (2008). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 90.