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Set of US Army issue dog tags worn by a Jewish soldier and POW

Object | Accession Number: 2011.398.3 a-b

Pair of army issue dog tags worn by Norman Fellman, a soldier in the United States Army in France and Germany from December 1944 to April 1945. Norman was a scout in Company B, 275th regiment, 70th Infantry Division. On January 6, 1945, the company surrendered to the German Army. Norman, 21, was sent to Stalag IX-B prisoner of war camp and separated from the other soldiers because he was Jewish. In February, he was transferred to Berga slave labor camp, a subcamp of Buchenwald concentration camp. Norman was forced to remove blast debris from underground tunnels and pack explosive charges. In early April, the prisoners were sent on a death march and were liberated on April 20, by the 90th Infantry Division. Norman was required by the Army to sign an affidavit agreeing not to speak about his slave labor experiences. In 2009, the Army finally acknowledged that US soldiers were incarcerated in a German slave labor camp

Date
1943 June 24-1945 September 28  (use)
Geography
use : Berga (Concentration camp); Berga am Elster (Thuringia, Germany)
use : Stalag IX B; Bad Orb (Germany)
Language
English
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Norman and Ruth Fellman
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:20
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