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Carl Atkin papers

Document | Accession Number: 2007.162

The Carl Atkins papers comprise documents and photographs related to the his work as the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration director of the Deggendorf displaced persons camp between 1945 and 1946. Materials include an illustrated song book, clippings from the camp’s newspaper, Deggendorf Center Revue, and a memory book created by members of the camp for Carl upon his departure in 1946. Several of Atkin’s identification cards are also included here, as are biographical materials, including a resume and partial memoir. The photographs in this collection include images of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Joseph T. McNarny’s visit sometime around 1945.

The Carl Atkins papers comprise documents and photographs related to the his work as the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration director of the Deggendorf displaced persons camp between 1945 and 1946. Materials regarding the camp include an illustrated song book, clippings from the camp’s newspaper, Deggendorf Center Revue, and a memory book created by members of the camp for Atkin upon his departure in 1946. The book is titled “A Memory of Good Friendship in Hard Days” and includes several illustrations and chapters describing Atkin’s contributions to improving the camp conditions and bettering the refugees’ quality of life. The book describes in great detail the various mechanisms that he had put into place to aid the survivors as well as many statistics about the survivors themselves. Several of Atkin’s identification cards are also comprised here within, including a military entry permit and his certificate of registration. Correspondence relating to his assignment and departure as the director of Deggendorf is also included, as is a statement that he made regarding the specific needs of Jewish Holocaust survivors in the period immediately following their liberation. The photographs in this collection depict the camp, presumably during Atkin’s tenure as director, and include images of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Joseph T. McNarny’s visit sometime around 1945, children in the camp, and other visitors. Among the biographical materials in this collection are awards Carl won, clippings about him and his humanitarian work in the years beyond his service with the UNRRA, his resume, and one page of a memoir he started.

Date
inclusive:  1944-1969
bulk:  1945-1946
Language
English
German
Extent
19 folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Richard Katz
 
Record last modified: 2021-05-25 14:58:44
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