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Large red Nazi War ensign acquired by a US Army concentration camp liberator

Object | Accession Number: 2018.230.2

Nazi War banner flown at Ebensee concentration camp in Austria and acquired by Dr. Carl Bordas while he was stationed there from May 9 through July 1945. In July 1944, Carl was drafted into the U.S. military as a private, receiving serial number 33768784. On March 23, 1945 Carl was sent to Europe, where he served as a surgical technician with the 139th Evacuation Hospital in the United States Army Medical Corps. On May 6, the Ebensee concentration camp was liberated by the 80th Infantry Division and the 139th Medical Corps were sent to administer care to the prisoners. Carl arrived at the camp on May 9, and upon entering, he noticed the dead and dying bodies of emaciated men and boys strewn everywhere on the ground. The camp was severely overcrowded with prisoners that had been forced to march away from advancing Allied troops. Carl and the 139th remained at Ebensee for two months to administer care and help the prisoners recover. On June 26, 1946 Carl was discharged from the army and returned home to Pennsylvania. Throughout his life, Carl advocated for Holocaust remembrance and shared information about the atrocities he witnessed at Ebensee.

found:  1945 May 09-1945 July
use:  1943 November 18-1945 May 06
use: Ebensee (Concentration camp); Ebensee (Austria)
acquired: Ebensee (Concentration camp); Ebensee (Austria)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Banners (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Carl W. Bordas
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:27:23
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