- The Malcolm A. Vendig papers, 1932-1967, relate to Captain Malcolm A. Vendig’s service with the 83rd U.S. Infantry Division and his tenure as the military governor of Dachau, Germany after the liberation of the concentration camp in 1945. Topics discussed include the activities of the 83rd U.S. Infantry Division before liberation, daily operations at the Dachau concentration camp after liberation, military and personnel incidents, the administration of public safety, the distribution of food, and the revitalization of industry in the vicinity of Dachau, Germany. The papers largely consist of photocopies of Vendig’s war diary, written in English, dated December 1944-August 1945; photocopies of the source materials for the diary, 1944-1945; original and photocopies of military reports and records prepared by various Lieutenants, 1944-1945; original typescripts of discussions between Captain Vendig and Dr. Heinrich Kneuer, the Landrat of Dachau, Germany, 1945; photocopies of newspaper clippings, 1932-1945; as well as original photographs and photocopies of the Captain Malcolm A. Vendig and various members of the United States army in Dachau, Germany, circa 1945.
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eleanor Vendig
- Collection Creator
- Malcolm A. Vendig
Captain Malcolm A. Vendig served in the 83rd Infantry Division, United States Army, in Europe during World War II. After the liberation of Dachau concentration camp in Germany by US troops in April 1945, Vendig was appointed military governor of Dachau Landkreis.
- System of Arrangement
- The Malcolm A. Vendig papers are arranged into three series and three sub-series.
Series 1: Military documents, 1944-1967
Sub-series 1: Diaries, 1944-1945
Sub-series 2: Reports, 1944-1945
Sub-series 3: General military documents, 1944-1967
Series 2: Printed materials, circa 1932-1945
Series 3: Photographs, circa 1945
Rights & Restrictions
- Conditions on Access
- There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
- Conditions on Use
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Keywords & Subjects
- Topical Term
- Concentration camps. Concentration camp inmates. Holocaust survivors. Holocaust victims. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Jewish refugees. Refugees. Soldiers--United States. World War, 1939-1945. World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Western Front. World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief--Europe. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Germany. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation.
- Corporate Name
- Dachau (concentration camp)
- Holder of Originals
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Legal Status
- Permanent Collection
- Eleanor Vendig donated the Malcolm A. Vendig papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990. The Malcolm A. Vendig papers (1990.107.88) is comprised of two accessions, 1990.107 and 1991.A.0006.
- Funding Note
- The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
The accessibility of this collection was made possible by the generous donors to our crowdfunded Save Their Stories campaign.
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Also in Malcolm A. Vendig collection
The collection consists of daily reports, war diaries, and memoranda, copies and originals, relating to the experiences of Captain Malcolm A. Vendig, United States Army, 83rd Infantry Division, as a soldier during World War II and after the war as military governor of Landkreis Dachau, Germany.
Date: 1945-approximately 1946
Whip brought back by Captain Malcolm A. Vendig, United States Army, 83rd Infantry Division, a soldier in Europe during World War II who served as military governor of Landkreis Dachau, Germany, during the postwar US miliary occupation government.
SS uniform collar tabs brought back by Captain Malcolm A. Vendig, United States Army, 83rd Infantry Division, a soldier in Europe during World War II who served as military governor of Landkreis Dachau, Germany, during the postwar US miliary occupation government.