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Crematorium tag, number 5893, acquired at Dachau postwar by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2003.112.19

Unused clay crematorium disc with the number 5893 acquired by 22 year old Lt. Charles Rudulph, United States Army, during a July 10, 1945, tour of the crematorium at Dachau concentration camp near Munich, Germany. This type of disc was placed with a body to identify the ashes after cremation. The numbers do not correspond to prisoner numbers. Rudulph found it in what he called the murder house, with the cremation urns in a cellar between the room where bodies were stored and the ovens. Dachau was the first concentration camp established by the SS in March 1933, originally for political prisoners. Over time, other groups were interned there, including Jehovah's Witnesses, Roma, homosexuals, repeat criminal offenders, and Jews. The camp was liberated by American forces on April 29, 1945. Rudulph, an officer in the 106th Infantry, entered combat in France in November 1944. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge but rejoined his unit. After Germany surrendered on May 7, he was posted to Straubing with Battery X, 566th AAA Battalion.

found:  1945 July 10
found: Dachau (Concentration camp) after liberation; Dachau (Germany)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Name tags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ramona A. Rudulph
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 17:06:43
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