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Arthur Seyss-Inquart's Nuremberg war crimes trial headphones

Object | Accession Number: 1996.36.13

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    Brief Narrative
    Headset used by Arthur Seyss-Inquart during the Nuremberg war crimes trials.
    use:  1945 November 20-1946 October 01
    use: Palace of Justice; Nuremberg (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the IBM Corporation
    Manufacturer: International Business Machines Corporation
    Subject: Arthur Seyss-Inquart
    Arthur Seyss-Inquart, (1892-1946), Reich Governor of Austria, Deputy Governor to Hans Frank in the General Government of Occupied Poland and Reichskommissar for the German occupied Netherlands. Seriously wounded during World War I, Seyss-Inquart returned to Austria and studied law. In 1931 he secretly joined the Austrian Nazi party, was appointed Austrian state councillor in 1937, and Austrian Minister of the Interior (a position which gave him control over Austrian domestic security). In March 1938 pressure from German Chancellor Adolf Hitler forced the resignation of Austrian Chancellor Kurt Schussnigg and his replacement by Seyss-Inquart. The very next day, at Seyss-Inquart's invitation, German troops crossed the Austro-German border, implementing the Anschluss, the annexation of Austria to the German Reich. Following the Anschluss, Seyss-Inquart was appointed Reich Governor of the Ostmark (Austria) and SS Obergruppenfuehrer (General). In 1939 Seyss-Inquart was named deputy to Governor-General Hans Frank in the General Government of Occupied Poland. In 1940 Seyss-Inquart became Reichkommissar for the German occupied Netherlands. In that capacity, he was responsible for the deportation of 5,000,000 Dutchmen to Germany for labor and 117,000 Dutch Jews to the east. Arrested by Canadian troops in May 1945, Seyss-Inquart was convicted by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and executed in Nuremberg prison in 1946.

    Physical Details

    Audio equipment
    Object Type
    Headphones (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Black earpieces attached by rubber(?)-covered headband; paper identification tag attached w/wire.
    overall: | Width: 7.480 inches (18.999 cm)
    overall : metal, plastic, leather

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    Administrative Notes

    The headphones were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1996 by the IBM Corporation.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 17:51:31
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