Oral History

Dallas Peyton describes his recollections of the liberation of Dachau

Dallas Peyton of Tucson, Arizona, was a member of the 70th Armored Infantry. In 1945, with other liberating troops, he entered the Dachau camp and encountered survivors and evidence of atrocities.


Critical Thinking Questions

What was the context of the Holocaust and World War II at the time of the events described in this eyewitness testimony?

How do oral histories differ from other primary sources such as artifacts, documents, and photographs? What can we learn from different types of primary sources?

How can personal testimonies and oral histories provide insights into the challenges Allied forces faced when encountering and documenting the evidence of atrocities?


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