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Brass knuckles acquired by a Jewish American soldier

Object | Accession Number: 1989.4.2

gray metal knucklebusters taken by Walter Fried, a US Army interrogator, from a Gestapo officer in the SS criminal police division whom he was interviewing. Walter, 25, and his family, who were Jewish, fled Austria shortly after it was annexed by Germany in March 1938 for America. Walter joined the Army in November 1943 and deployed with the 243rd Combat Engineer Battalion. In April 1945, Walter was transferred to the Counterintelligence Corps to be a translator. After Germany surrendered on May 7, Walter was transferred to War Crimes Investigating Team, Judge Advocate Section as a translator and interviewer of former concentration camp inmates, guards, and commandants, as well as German civilians. He was released from the Army in January 1946.

found:  after 1945 April 26-before 1946 January 23
found: Regensburg (Germany)
Object Type
Brass knuckles (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Walter Fried
Record last modified: 2023-09-01 08:36:21
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