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Nazi flag with a swastika in white circle captured by US soldiers and later signed by battalion

Object | Accession Number: 2007.357.1

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Nazi flag captured by soldiers of the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, United States Army, in Nuremberg, Germany, in April 1945. There are signatures, addresses, and short phrases handwritten on the reverse of the flag by several members of the battalion and other units present at the capture. This flag belonged Melvin Mouw (1924-1995) and his signature is on the flag. The battalion fought in many campaigns before crossing the Rhine River into Germany in March 1945 and participating in the capture of Nuremberg.
    Date
    found:  1945 April
    Geography
    found: Nuremberg (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Nancy Secrist

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Flags
    Object Type
    Flags (lcsh)
    Genre/Form
    Emblems.
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, red cloth flag with a white, cloth circle with a black swastika printed in the center machine sewn onto both sides of the flag. The circle on the reverse side has signatures and inscriptions in English handwritten in ink and marker. The short ends are hemmed and the hoist side extends beyond the body of the flag with a loop on each end to attach to a pole.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 31.750 inches (80.645 cm) | Width: 54.750 inches (139.065 cm)
    Materials
    overall : cloth, dye, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Nazi Party

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The Nazi flag was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by David and Nancy Secrist.
    Record last modified:
    2023-06-06 10:16:47
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