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US Army commissioned officer's hat and hat box owned by a Jewish soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2006.11.32 a-b

Officer's hat issued to J. George Mitnick by 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 1946  (issue)
Geography
manufacture : Gadsden (Ala.)
Language
English
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Headgear
Object Type
Hats (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ronne Mitnick Hess
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:06
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