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German Panzer totenkopf insignia taken from a guard at Dachau concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 1991.114.1

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    German Panzer totenkopf insignia taken from a guard at Dachau concentration camp


    Brief Narrative
    Nazi insignia taken from guard at Dachau concentration camp by liberator Curtis Whiteway.
    found:  1945 May
    found:  1945 May
    acquired: Dachau (Concentration camp) after liberation; Dachau (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Curtis Whiteway
    Subject: Curtis R. Whiteway
    Curtis Whiteway was born in Newburypost, Mass., on November 3, 1925. In December 1943, he was drafted into the United States Army. He trained in the armed forces in Fort Knox, Ky. He was then sent to S.C. where he received intensive training with the Rangers. Then he went to Camp Maxie, Tex., and joined the 99th Division and he was immediately sent to England. From England, his division crossed into France and had several skirmishes with Germans. They fought the 3rd Panzer Division and pushed further into Germany through the Siegfried Line. He fought near Cologne, Germany, and the 99th Division encountered several concentration camps, including Hadamar. They then encountered and liberated the few surviving prisoners at Ohrdruf, a subcamp of Buchenwald in Germany. When Red Cross medics arrived, his division went south into combat. Later they reached Dachau 3-B, a concentration camp in Germany; liberated the Moosburg prison camp in Germany, which had about 30,000 prisoners; and found American POWs. Later, they went to the Landshut subcamp of Dachau which held English and Canadian troops. After World War II, he was assigned occupation temporarily in Cherbourg, France.

    Physical Details

    Military Insignia
    Physical Description
    SS Dead Head insignia, skull and crossbones, Totenkopf.
    overall: Height: 0.750 inches (1.905 cm) | Width: 0.980 inches (2.489 cm) | Depth: 0.120 inches (0.305 cm)
    overall : metal

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Administrative Notes

    The insignia was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1991 by Curtis Whiteway.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-31 10:36:42
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