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League of German Girl’s winter climbing jacket found by a US soldier

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    League of German Girl’s winter climbing jacket found by a US soldier

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    League of German Girl’s winter climbing jacket with a South Franken insignia brought back from the war by Arthur R. Myers. Myers was an American soldier who entered combat during the D-Day invasion in June 1944. He fought through the Battle of the Bulge and continued until reaching the outskirts of Berlin in April 1945. The war ended with Germany's surrender on May 7.
    Date
    found:  1945
    Geography
    found: Germany
    use: Unterfranken (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Robert Palmer
    Contributor
    Subject: Arthur R. Myers
    Biography
    Arthur Roy Myers was born on August 13, 1920, in Manhattan, New York, to Arthur J. and Margaret Dowg Myers. He had a brother Russell and a sister Florence. In December 1941, the United States entered World War II. Myers entered the US Army. He landed in Normandy, France, during the D-Day invasion launched on June 6, 1944. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge (December 16, 1944 - January 25, 1945.) He was on the outskirts of Berlin as it fell to the Soviets in late April 1945. The war ended with Germany's surrender on May 7. Myers returned to New York. He also served in the Army during the Korean War (1950-1953.) He married Clare Ann Furnaro (d. 2004.) The couple settled in Ossining, where he was a corrections officer at Sing Sing Prison. He was active in his local American Legion Post 506 and the Moose Lodge. Myers, 93, passed away on October 8, 2013.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Clothing and Dress
    Object Type
    Jackets (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Girl’s golden brown, long-sleeved, waist length, single breasted faux suede cloth jacket with a notched collar and lapels and pointed, buttonhole tabs on the cuffs. All frayed buttonholes are finished and there are 3 light brown plastic buttons with metal shanks, all recent, and 8, matching dark brown ones with plastic shanks. The front has a 5 button placket with 2 angled bottom points. There are 4 square patch pockets with angled bottom corners, top flaps, and 1 button closures. The back waist has 2 adjustment tabs with gold colored metal slide buckles. The interior is fully lined: the body with light purple brocade, the sleeves with light brown, striped cloth, and the pocket flaps with light brown cloth. There is a brown, cloth hanging loop on the inner collar. Two embroidered cloth patches are handstitched to the upper left sleeve: a dark brown triangle with Süd Franken and a white thread border above a Hitler Youth insignia, a mobile black swastika on a canted white square at the center with red points above and below and white points to the sides. The jacket looks well used.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 14.875 inches (37.783 cm) | Width: 13.750 inches (34.925 cm)
    Materials
    overall : cloth, plastic, metal, thread
    Inscription
    upper left arm, patch, embroidered, white thread : Süd / Franken [South Franconia]

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Bund Deutscher Mädel

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The jacket was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by Robert Palmer, the nephew of Arthur R. Myers.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 15:34:54
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