Deutsche Arbeitsfront swastika and cogwheel banner acquired by a US POW
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Milton Richard Dowse
Deutsche Arbeitsfront banner (German Labor Front / DAF) acquired by Major Milton Evans Dowse, United States Army, after his liberation from Oflag 64, a German prisoner-of-war camp in Szubin, Poland, in January 1945. The flag has a swastika encircled by a gear-wheel, and a patch identifying it as having been used in Rosmin (present-day Roscimin, Poland). DAF was the only authorized trade union in Germany. The Nazi regime abolished all other trade unions in 1933 in order to ensure political control over industry.
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Also in Milton E. Dowse collection
The collection consists of a Deutsche Arbeitsfront flag, copied documents, and two copies of a transcript and recorded interview relating to the experiences of Major Milton Evans Dowse, United States Army, after his liberation from a German prisoner-of-war camp, Oflag 64, during World War II and a 1984 interview of his wartime experiences.
“Major Milton Evans Dowse: World War II Experiences” was compiled by David Paul Dowse in 2014. The document consists of a transcript of an interview that David Dowse conducted with Major Milton Evans Dowse in 1984 regarding his experiences and photocopied documents that provide additional context. Major Dowse was involved in the D-Day invasion of Normandy as a member of the United States Army and was a prisoner of war in Oflag 64 before escaping to join the Russian front as it advanced toward Berlin.