Large red Nazi War ensign acquired by a US Army concentration camp liberator
1945 May 09-1945 July
use: 1943 November 18-1945 May 06
Ebensee (Concentration camp);
acquired: Ebensee (Concentration camp); Ebensee (Austria)
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Carl W. Bordas
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.
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Also in Dr. Carl W. Bordas Collection
The collection consists of photographs, postcards, newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence from former prisoners at Ebensee concentration camp, U.S. army documents, and a Nazi banner relating to the experiences of Dr. Carl W. Bordas in Austria and the United States during and after World War II.
Contains photographs; postcards; newspaper and magazine clippings; correspondence from former prisoner at Ebensee; US Army discharge papers; and a US Army inventory of captured enemy military equipment, all collected during the military service of Carl W. Bordas in the 139th Evacuation Hospital in the US Army medical corps while stationed at Ebensee after liberation.