Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

May 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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


Army, Atrocities, Austria, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Infantry Division, 71st, Infantry Division, 71st., Jewish veterans, Liberation, Lubin, Leonard, Mauthausen, American, United States, Veterans, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Leonard Lubin. Lubin was an artilleryman in the 71st Infantry Division, which liberated Wels, a sub-camp of Mauthausen, on May 4, 1945. In this interview, he provides a detailed description of finding and entering the camp. Lubin was responsible for bringing the prisoners back to the camp, an attempt to organize them so that relief efforts could begin. He also discusses his reactions to the prisoners and to Germans, and his opinions about the war. After not talking about the Holocaust for fifty years, Lubin began giving interviews and speaking at schools. He was an attorney with his own practice for many years. Leonard Lubin died in 2009.

Physical Information

1 sound file (130 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (48 p.)