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Pair of handmade wooden soled suede boots from Mauthausen concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 2004.705.3 a-b

Pair of handmade leather ankle boots with wooden soles made at Mauthausen concentration camp. Soon after Nazi Germany incorporated Austria in March 1938, SS Chief Himmler chose a site for a camp to incarcerate Austrian traitors near the town of Mauthausen. The first prisoners were sent there in August. Until the war's end on May 7, 1945, Mauthausen inmates chiefly consisted of convicted criminals, "asocials," such as Roma and Sinti, political opponents, including anti-Franco Spanish Republicans, and religious conscientious objectors, such as Jehovah's Witnesses. The camp had a killing center and a staff of German doctors who conducted pseudoscientific medical experiments. It eventually had fifty subcamps and a large forced labor force to work the nearby granite quarry. Approximately 95,000 prisoners died or were killed at the camp. The gas chamber was in use until late April 1945. The SS guards abandoned the camp on May 3 and it was liberated by US troops on May 5.

Date
approximately 1945  (use)
Geography
creation : Mauthausen (Concentration Camp); Mauthausen (Austria)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Footwear
Object Type
Boots (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Robert L. White
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:05:48
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