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Leica Standard model E camera used by US soldier and liberator

Object | Accession Number: 2012.427.2 a-c

Leica Standard model E camera used by Captain Ralph M. Kopansky during his service as a US soldier in Europe from 1944 – 1945. This rollfilm camera was designed as a basic, but high quality model upgrade from the earlier, very popular Leica I. On September 22, 1941, Ralph, an Army reservist, enlisted for active duty. Following Japan’s December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States entered World War II. In 1943, he received intelligence training and was assigned to the XIII Corps as an Assistant Intelligence Officer. In 1944, Ralph’s Corps was deployed to Europe. The Corps trained in England, and fought in France, before advancing into Germany, in January 1945. On April 4, the XIII Corps was with the 4th Armored and the 89th Infantry Divisions when they liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp. During an inspection tour of the camp, Ralph was photographed viewing the charred remains of the prisoners, a camera, likely this Leica, around his neck. The photograph, 74589, is part of the Museum’s collection. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered.

use:  approximately 1945-1945
manufacture:  1932 October-1939
manufacture: Wetzlar (Germany)
use: Ohrdruf (Concentration camp); Ohrdruf (Germany)
Object Type
Leica camera (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dr. Terry Kopansky
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:14:01
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