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Soap found in a liberated concentration camp by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 1992.122.2

Bar of soap mass produced in wartime Germany found by Harold Burdette Conlan, a soldier in 701st D Company, US Army, at the liberated Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. The camp was discovered by troops from the 6th Army on April 11, 1945. Starving prisoners had already seized control of the camp after the Germans begun evacuations. Other US Army units soon arrived to help care for the over 20,000 ill and malnourished prisoners and restore order and sanitary conditions. The war ended with Germany's surrender on May 7, 1945. Conlan instructed his family to reverence the items he had found and to never forget the tragic circumstance in which they were found.

found:  after 1945 April 11-before 1945 August
found: Buchenwald (Concentration camp) postliberation; Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
Object Type
Soap (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Conlan
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:50:13
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