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Josef Baur papers

Document | Accession Number: 2017.675.1

Consists of two photograph albums, correspondence, identity documents, military commendations, loose photographs and other original documents pertaining to Josef Baur (b. 1907), a member of Police Battalion 131, and his family. While some loose photographs and correspondence pertain to Baur's early life, the two photo albums and bulk of the correspondence relate to his military service, chiefly with Police Battalion 131. The first album concerns the battalion's time in Norway in 1940, while the second depicts scenes following the battalion's deployment to the Eastern Front in 1941 up until early 1942 when PB 131 was recalled from the frontlines. Scenes captured in the second album depict German-occupied Grodno, including Jews with armbands, and later photographs of Vilnius. The second album also includes photographs of Jewish men near Novoyel'nya, Belarus, forcibly removing a statue of Lenin, a so-called "Zigeunerlager" ("Gypsy encampment"), and the burning of civilian homes. The correspondence in the collection primarily encompasses an exchange of letters between Josef and his wife Agnes between the years 1940 and 1943. Also includes photographs, correspondence, and documents from the period of Josef Baur's later service in France as a member of the 14th SS Police Regiment.

Date
inclusive:  approximately 1925-1969
Language
German
Extent
4 boxes
2 oversize boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection. The acquisition of this collection was made possible by the Philip and Janet Levin Foundation
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Record last modified: 2019-03-20 13:37:47
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