Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Awareness - Education - Inspiration

Oral Histories

Among the duties of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission are to compile a list of liberators of concentration camps who have agreed to share their verifiable knowledge and experiences regarding the Holocaust and to gather resources that could be included in or used to support Holocaust and genocide courses of study and awareness programs.  With these goals in mind, the THGC contracted with Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History to create the Texas Liberators Oral History project, chronicling the oral histories of 19 Texans who were involved in the liberation of camps at the end of World War II. 

Once completed in the spring of 2013, previews of the testimonies will be made available below along with transcripts of the oral histories.  The THGC has also partnered with the Library of Congress to make these transcripts available through the institution’s Veterans History Project.

It’s the fervent hope of the THGC that the oral histories will be viewed by the public and these men remembered for their service and their efforts to free survivors of concentration camps and used by educators to meet TEKS requirements while bringing a human story to the horrific atrocities of the Holocaust.

Liberator Testimony Video Trailers

Robert Anderson, Lubbock

 

Ray Buchanan, Mt. Pleasant

 

Wilson Canafax, Fort Worth

 

William "Bill" Danner, El Paso

 

William Dippo, San Antonio

 

J. Ted Hartman, Lubbock

 

Birney "Chick" Havey, Houston

 

Hank Josephs, Corpus Christi

 
 

Sigmund Liberman, Plano

 

Gerd Miller, San Antonio

 

Jerry B. Morgan, Midland

 

John "Jack" Reynolds, Dallas

 

Chester "Chet" Rohn, Dallas

 

Herbert Stern, Houston

 

John Valls, Laredo

 

Melvin Waters, Dallas

 

Raymond Watson, Waco

 

George Wessels, San Antonio

 

William A. Womack, Midland