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US Army captain's insignia patch worn by a Jewish soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2006.11.27

US Army captain’s insignia issued to J. George Mitnick when he served in the United States Army during World War II. Mitnick, a 27 year-old Jewish American, served as a captain in the 65th Infantry Division, European Theater and in the Chemical Warfare Service, 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion, 45th infantry division. His unit took control of the Ohrdruf concentration camp in April 1945; nearly all the inhabitants were dead, killed by the departing German troops. This was the first concentration camp liberated by US troops and descriptions of the conditions horrified the world. Mitnick’s unit continued on into Austria and was involved with the liberation of Mauthausen concentration camp. Captain Mitnick was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service.

Date
approximately 1944  (issue)
Geography
issue : United States
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ronne Mitnick Hess
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:55
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