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Unused Nazi banner with a swastika found by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2005.40.1

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    Unused Nazi banner with a swastika found by a US soldier

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    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.
    Date
    found:  1945
    Geography
    found: train boxcar; Ludwigslust (Germany : Landkreis)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Earl E. Kinne
    Contributor
    Subject: Earl E. Kinne
    Biography
    Earl Kinne was born January 6th, 1920, in Pomona California. He grew up in southern California and joined the US Army in 1942. He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division in Germany, Sicily, and Italy. While in 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 Neuengamme concentration camp, to witness the unburied bodies and other evidence of the atrocities that had occurred there. The United States Army forced the townspeople to bury the dead. Kinne passed away at age 90, July 19th, 2010.

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Flags
    Object Type
    Banners (lcsh)
    Genre/Form
    Propaganda.
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, red, cloth banner with a central white circle with a printed black swastika sewn onto the center. The short ends are hemmed and have a bronze metal grommet in each corner.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 78.500 inches (199.39 cm) | Width: 38.625 inches (98.108 cm)
    Materials
    overall : cloth, dye, metal, thread

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The banner was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Earl Kinne.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-23 11:20:15
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