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Shadow box containing mounted military medals and insignia of a US Army Captain

Object | Accession Number: 2006.11.46

Decorative shadow box containing military awards, patches and insignia issued to and received by J. George Mitnick by the United States Army for his service in World War II. The box includes insignia from the 65th and 45th infantry divisions, and the 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion, along with a Bronze Star, a World War II victory medal, Army of Occupation Medal, European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, an American Campaign medal, and a Good Conduct medal. Mitnick, a 27-year-old Jewish American, served as a captain in the 65th Infantry Division, and in the Chemical Warfare Service, 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion, 45th Infantry Division in the European Theater. His unit took control of the Ohrdruf concentration camp in April 1945; nearly all the inhabitants were dead, killed by the departing German troops. This was the first concentration camp liberated by US troops and descriptions of the conditions horrified the world. Mitnick’s unit continued on into Austria and was involved with the liberation of Mauthausen concentration camp. Captain Mitnick was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service.

received:  1941 December 07
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ronne Mitnick Hess
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 16:39:36
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