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Barbed wire from a German POW camp

Object | Accession Number: 2015.487.1

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    Barbed wire from a German POW camp


    Brief Narrative
    Piece of barbed wire from the site of a German prisoner of war camp in Rzhev, Soviet Union (now Russia). The camp operated from 1941-1943 and this piece was excavated in 2014 by the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs. Rzhev was located on the Volga River along the Moscow-Riga railway. Nazi Germany launched a surprise attack on its former ally, the Soviet Union, in June 1941. Rzhev, a city of about 50,000, was taken by the Germans in October. It was the site of several fierce battles, from the Soviet offensive in January 8, 1942, until March 22, 1943, during the German retreat from Russia. Soviet losses are estimated at 500,000 - 1,000,000.
    Collection Summary
    use:  1941-1943
    recovered:  2014
    found: Rzhev prisoner of war camp; Rzhev (Russia)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Maxim Alekseev, U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs

    Physical Details

    Tools and Equipment
    Object Type
    Barbed wire (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Barbed wire segment
    overall: Height: 11.000 inches (27.94 cm) | Width: 1.000 inches (2.54 cm)
    overall : metal

    Rights & Restrictions

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

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    Administrative Notes

    The barbed wire was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2015 by Maxim Alekseev, U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:18:06
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