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