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Framed annotated article from the 65th Halbert newsletter saved by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2006.11.36

Article from The 65th Halbert newsletter, Spring 1987, p. 25 and 26, with handwritten statement: I was there on the bridge in a jeep behind a machine gun guarding the American General Walker. The article discusses an event from WWII in which J. George Mitnick participated while serving in Europe with the US Army. 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.

publication/distribution:  1987
issue: United States
Decorative Arts
Object Type
Souvenirs (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ronne Mitnick Hess
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:47:33
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