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Belt attachment with a set of 3 brown leather K98k ammunition pouches used during WWII in eastern Poland

Object | Accession Number: 2010.443.36

Triple leather ammunition pouch for the Mauser K98k (Karabiner Kurz) rifle acquired ca. 2005 by Yahad-In Unum while excavating mass execution and grave sites in Ukraine uncovered by their research into atrocities committed by Nazi Germany against the Jewish population during WWII. It was the standard issue rifle ammunition pouch for the German Army during World War II. Each pouch holds thirty rounds of ammunition and would be looped through a soldier's belt. In September 1939, following Germany's invasion of Poland, areas of eastern Poland, now in Ukraine, were occupied by the Soviet Union pursuant to the terms of the German-Soviet Pact. In late June 1941, Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, a surprise attack on Russia. The military assault was coordinated with killing squads whose goal was the Final Solution, the elimination of all Jews from the conquered territories. With the assistance of trained collaborators and the local populace, the goal was achieved through deportations to killing centers and mass executions throughout the region. The lack of adequate rail transport meant that many villages had killing fields where the Jews were shot and buried in huge ditches, along with the bullets and other evidence. Through interviews with the remaining eyewitnesses, Yahad-In Unum locates and documents these remains of a Holocaust by bullets and offers respectful remembrance for the fallen.

Date
2005  (found)
1938  (manufacture)
Geography
received : Ukraine
Classification
Containers
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yahad-in Unum
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Record last modified: 2018-09-27 16:02:37
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