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Black canvas shoes given to a US soldier by a recently liberated inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2004.30.1 a-b

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    Black canvas shoes given to a US soldier by a recently liberated inmate

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Pair of black canvas slip-on shoes given to Harvey J. Poppe, a US Army soldier, by an inmate at the recently liberated Dachau concentration camp. On May 1, 1945, former prisoners able to work were given slipper shoes from a large warehouse stockpile. One of the inmates gave a pair to Harvey. Harvey arrived in Dachau on April 28, 1945, with his unit, the 79th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, Company B. The camp was liberated the next day. The unit distributed food, clothes, and shoes. Harvey wore the pair given to him around his apartment in the former SS [Schutzstaffel] living quarters. The unit left at the end of May.
    Date
    received:  1945 May 01
    Geography
    received: Dachau (Concentration camp); Dachau (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Harvey J. Poppe
    Contributor
    Subject: Harvey J. Poppe
    Biography
    Harvey John Frederick Poppe was born on January 30, 1924, in Chickasaw County, Iowa, to Hugo Henry Poppe and Minnie T. Lutzke. He attended high school and worked as a sales clerk.
    Harvey enlisted in the United States Army on May 11, 1943. He served with the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, Company B. His unit arrived at the Dachau concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, on April 28, 1945. The camp was liberated on April 29, 1945.

    The unit helped distribute food and issued clean clothes. On May 1, 1945, prisoners able to work were given slipper shoes from a large warehouse stockpile which also stored a large pile of tin cups. One of the inmates gave Harvey a pair of the shoes. Harvey spent most of his time guarding street intersections and the camp gate. His unit left in mid to late May 1945.
    Harvey died on March 22, 2008, at age 84.

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Dress Accessories
    Category
    Footwear
    Object Type
    Espadrilles (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    a. Black canvas slipon shoe with a flat rope coil sole, tapered in the center, with a stitched cardboard insole. The upper section is double stitched with light brown thread across the center and along the back. There is a very frayed brown cloth tie on either side at the quarter. Signs of wear suggest this is the right shoe. The cloth upper has dirt smudges and the toe end of the sole is stained.
    b. Black canvas slipon shoe with a flat rope coil sole, tapered in the center, with a stitched cardboard insole. The upper section is double stitched with light brown thread across the center and along the back. There is frayed brown cloth tie on either side at the quarter. Signs of wear suggest this is the left shoe. The cloth upper has dirt smudges and the toe end of the sole is stained.
    Dimensions
    a: Height: 2.875 inches (7.303 cm) | Width: 3.500 inches (8.89 cm) | Depth: 11.125 inches (28.258 cm)
    b: Height: 2.875 inches (7.303 cm) | Width: 3.500 inches (8.89 cm) | Depth: 11.125 inches (28.258 cm)
    Materials
    a : canvas, rope, cardboard, cloth, thread
    b : canvas, rope, cardboard, cloth, thread

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The shoes were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004 by Harvey J. Poppe.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-25 17:15:45
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