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Brodie pattern MK II green steel helmet worn by a Belgian officer

Object | Accession Number: 2012.229.1

British issued Brodie pattern MK II green steel helmet worn by Marcel Frank when he was a Belgian liaison officer with the British Army during the liberation of Bergen Belsen concentration camp in late April 1945. Marcel was stationed at Lueneberg, on the outskirts of Bergen Belsen, and assisted with the repatriation of Belgian survivors in the displaced persons camp. He was present when the British uncovered a mass grave containing the remains of forced laborers in the nearby forest. Local former Nazi officials were forced by the Army to exhume, make coffins, and properly rebury the 243 bodies. The townspeople also were forced to witness the atrocity. Marcel was serving as a translator for the War Crimes Trials in Nuremberg, Germany, when he was killed in a car accident in 1946. During the occupation of Belgium by Germany from May 1940-September 1944, Marcel, who was born Jewish but converted to Catholicism upon his marriage, had to live in hiding in the family's apartment. When the city was liberated in September 1944, Marcel, a veteran of World War I, volunteered for military service.

Date
1945  (use)
Geography
use : Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp); Belsen (Bergen, Celle, Germany)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Headgear
Object Type
Helmets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Michèle Delsaute Dognon-Schmitt
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:45
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