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J. George Mitnick papers

Document | Accession Number: 2005.120.2

The J. George Mitnick papers consist of biographical material, correspondence, military records, photographs, and printed materials documenting American serviceman J. George Mitnick, his World War II military service, and the horrors he witnessed at the liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp.

Biographical materials include a biographical statement and memoir describing Mitnick’s life and military service, a tribute to Mitnick by Senator Shelby, and an interview with and biography of Rabbi Hugo Gryn who was liberated from Mauthausen by Mitnick’s unit.

Correspondence primarily consists of letters Mitnick wrote to his parents during his World War II military service. One letter dated April 13, 1945 describes the horrors he witnessed at the liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp. Another letter written in May 1945 at the Linz Displaced Persons camp by Julius Levy, a Polish Jew who addresses his letter to his liberators, describes having lost everything in the Holocaust, and begging to be transferred to an Allied hospital to recover. This series also includes correspondence among Mitnick, his wife, and her mother.

Military records document Mitnick’s service in World War II. They primarily consist of Mitnick’s military personnel file from 1942 through the 1950s including orders, commendations, veteran materials, and transactional correspondence. This series also includes Mitnick’s Army Officer’s Notebook containing his notes as well as form letters and blank forms.

Loose photographs depict Mitnick in uniform and members of the Engel family. A photo album titled “Astra Breifmarken Album” includes additional photographs of Mitnick in military uniform while training in the US and on leave in Europe and of his wife and their family and friends. This series also includes two empty scrapbooks and an empty portfolio.

Printed material includes a pamphlet titled The Halberd about a 1951 reunion of the 65th Division, two 1940s Mountain Eagle clipping about Mitnick, a 1994 Palm Beach Post clipping about Patton’s assault on Saarbrucken, and a 1945 issued of The Hartford Times that Mitnick used to line his army footlocker.

Date
inclusive:  circa 1940-2005
Language
English
Extent
2 boxes
2 oversize boxes
5 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ronne MitnickHess
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ronne Mitnick Hess
 
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:01:51
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