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Bar of soap issued to a US soldier while held as a POW in a German Stalag

Object | Accession Number: 1997.112.2

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    Bar of soap issued to a US soldier while held as a POW in a German Stalag

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Bar of soap issued to 23 year old Rolland Pearce, an US airman, while held as a prisoner of war by the Germans in Stalag Luft IV in Tychowo, Poland. On February 6, the camp was evacuated due to approaching Soviet forces. Rolland and the other prisoners were sent on a forced march that came to be known as the Black March, because of the brutal conditions and treatment. The march lasted 86 days, until early April, when they reached Fallingbostel, Germany, and Stalag 357, about forty miles away.
    Date
    found:  1945
    Geography
    issue: Tychowo (Bialogard, Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rolland Pearce
    Contributor
    Subject: Rolland G. Pearce

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Object Type
    Soap (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Small, waxy, rectangular, greyish in color with marking "RIF 0073" in between 2 vertical lines on one of the faces of the bar.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm) | Width: 2.000 inches (5.08 cm) | Depth: 0.630 inches (1.6 cm)
    Materials
    overall : soap

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The soap was donated to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1997 by Rolland Pearce.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:23:28
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