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Briar wood bent Dublin pipe used by American soldier and liberator

Object | Accession Number: 2012.427.4

Bent briar wood pipe used by Captain Ralph M. Kopansky during his service as a US soldier in Europe from 1944 - 1945. This pipe was designed with the comfort of the smoker in mind: carved from high quality briar wood, the best material for pipes, and utilizing a bent stem design that allows it to hang comfortably from the mouth for hands free smoking. 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. The photograph, 74589, is part of the Museum’s collection. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered.

Date
approximately 1945  (use)
Geography
use : Europe
Object Type
Tobacco pipes (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dr. Terry Kopansky
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Record last modified: 2018-03-26 13:31:41
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