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Allach porcelain soldier figurine presented to a US Army doctor by recently liberated prisoners of Dachau

Object | Accession Number: 2007.194.2

White porcelain figurine presented to Dr. Joseph A. Witter by a group of recently liberated Jewish prisoners at Dachau concentration camp in appreciation for the aid he provided to sick and dying inmates. It was designed by Robert Forster and represents an 18th century Prussian military officer. The figurines were made with slave labor at the Allach porcelain factory at Dachau. The Allach Porcelain Factory was taken over by the SS in 1936 and was under the direct control of Heinrich Himmler. It was one of the SS's first industrial enterprises. The first factory was at Allach, a subcamp of Dachau concentration camp. A second production site was set up at Dachau to specialize in the production of figurines. Dr. Witter was a surgeon and member of the US Armed Forces 101st Airborne Division, who participated in the liberation of the camp on April 29, 1945. His unit also participated in the liberation of Kaufering concentration camp.

Artwork Title
Seydlitz Kurassier
Date
1943-1945  (manufacture)
1945 May  (received)
Geography
creation : Dachau (Concentration camp); Dachau (Germany)
received : Dachau (Concentration camp); Dachau (Germany)
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Ceramics
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sean P. Tully
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:44
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