Daggers and swords (edged weapons)
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Morton Cohen
Morton Cohen was summoned by a colonel after hostilities ended to accompany him to a conference and serve as a translator. It turned out that his translating skills were not required and he waited outside of the inn which served as a conference site. While waiting, he was surprised by a Russian soldier approaching on horseback. The soldier was Russian, and upon learning that Cohen was American, handed him his saber as a token of friendship. Cohen was the first American the Russian soldier had ever met. In return, Cohen gave the man his watch.
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Also in Morton Cohen collection
The Morton N. Cohen collection includes personal photographs taken by Morton N. Cohen while he served in the United States 95th Infantry Division, as well as a typed manuscript of the history of the 95th Infantry Division. The photographs reveal scenes from the Division’s travel throughout France, Germany, and Holland. Of particular note are photographs of the arrest of Franz Von Papen, former Vice-Chancellor of Germany under Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1934, photographs of a Soviet prisoner of war (POW) concentration camp located in Warstein, Germany, and photographs of soldiers on ships returning to the United States.
Duffel bag shipped by Morton N. Cohen in October 1945 to the United States at the end of his tour of duty in Europe. Cohen served in the 95th Infantry Division in Europe and saw combat at Metz, Maginot and Siegfried lines, Ruhr. He was a liberator of the Soviet POW camp Warstein in the Ruhr, and participated in the arrest of Hitler's Vice-Chancellor, Franz von Papen.
Schutzpolizei [Security police] helmet taken by Morton Cohen, a US soldier, from a captured German soldier.
Helmet taken by Morton Cohen, a US soldier, from a captured German soldier.
Morton Cohen took this sword from a weapons room attached to an officers' barracks in a German town.
Morton Cohen took this dagger from a weapons room attached to an officers' barracks in a German town.
Banner was taken down from a municipal building towards the end of the war, in a German town by Morton Cohen, an interpreter for the United States Army, stationed in Germany.
Banner was taken down from a municipal building in Germany, towards the end of WWII, by Morton Cohen, an interpreter for the United States Army who was stationed in Germany.