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Leather pouch for a dog tag given to a Danish resistance member

Object | Accession Number: 1989.297.2.2

Leather pouch used to hold a German military dog tag acquired by Knud Dyby while he was a member in several Danish underground resistance organizations during World War II. The dog tag and pouch originally belonged to one of five German Wehrmacht soldiers who surrendered their uniforms, weapons, and identification tags to Dyby in 1944 or early 1945. These men were originally international circus artists who wished to become refugees in Sweden rather than fight the Soviets during the winter along the Eastern Front. They and Dyby agreed that the uniforms could be useful to the resistance movement. Dyby worked with the Danish underground during the German occupation of Denmark. He used knowledge and skills gained from his prewar printing and advertising business, sailing expertise, and King’s Royal Guard service as well as his wartime position with the Danish police force to transmit intelligence data and arrange for boats to ferry refugees, including Jewish families, from Denmark to Sweden. He immigrated to the United States after the war.

acquired:  1944-1945
acquired: Denmark
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Knud Dyby
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:10:42
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