Oral Histories with Baylor University
Among the duties of the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory 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 former Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission contracted with Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History to create the Texas Liberators Oral History project, chronicling the oral histories of 21 Texans who were involved in the liberation of camps at the end of World War II.
Now complete, the video interviews with 19 liberators are now available through the Commission's YouTube channel. (A twentieth interview is also included, however it was conducted by Holocaust Museum Houston and not with Baylor University's Institute for Oral History.) The THGC also partnered with the Library of Congress to make transcripts of the interviews available through the institution’s Veterans History Project. Excerpts of oral testimonies from five liberator interviews are given below.
It was 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. To accompany the testimonies, the THGC developed lesson plans for classroom use. Aligning closely with the TEKS, these lessons provide teachers a way of incorporating media involving Texans into their World War II/Holocaust units for World Geography Studies, World History Studies, and U.S. History Studies Since 1877 classes.