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Unused Nazi banner with a swastika found by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2005.40.1

Unused Nazi banner found by an American soldier, Earl Kinne, in a boxcar near Ludwigslust, Germany, in 1945. Kinne and a fellow soldier were ordered to go to Ludwigslust, a small town in Germany, to take the townspeople to Wöbbelin, a nearby sub-camp of the Neuengamme concentration camp, to witness the unburied bodies and other evidence of the atrocities that had been committed there by the Nazi government. The United States Army forced the townspeople to bury the dead. Earl found several newly manufactured Nazi flags, rolled in bundles, in a boxcar near the camp. The flags had never been used. Earl served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne in Germany, Sicily, and Italy.

found:  1945
found: train boxcar; Ludwigslust (Germany : Landkreis)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Banners (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Earl E. Kinne
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:18:13
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