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Carved inscribed walking stick given to an American soldier

Object | Accession Number: 1996.A.0251.2

Cane carved for Lt. Joe Friedman, United States Army, as a gift by Major Macleah. It had formerly belonged to a German soldier. Friedman deployed to Europe in 1944. He was attached to the Third Army and became a member of the 91st Evacuation Hospital. In early April 1945, Joe's company was the first to enter Ohrdruf concentration camp, the first camp discovered by US troops. Before the war ended on May 7, Joe volunteered for work in displaced persons camps, eventually becoming the head of Coburg DP camp. He was promoted to Captain and later sent to Ansbach where he was commissioned to oversee all DP camps and German repatriation in American-occupied Bavaria. Joe also worked with the Jewish underground, smuggling Eastern European Jews out of the Russian zone. In early 1946, Joe's activities with the underground were uncovered and he had to return to the US.

received:  1945 May 05
received: Germany
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joe Friedman
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:25:58
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