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60th anniversary medallion, liberation of Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora issued to US soldier / liberator

Object | Accession Number: 2013.464.1

Commemorative medallion received by Forrest J. Robinson, Sr., an American soldier who participated in the liberation of Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp on April 12, 1945. He received the medallion at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps in 2005. Corporal Robinson, Military Police Platoon, 104th Infantry Division deployed to France in July 1944. On April 12, 1945, Forrest entered Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp near Nordhausen, Germany, the day after infantry troops from his division liberated the camp. His platoon followed the infantry as a clean-up unit, charged with establishing order. In the hospital ward he witnessed barracks “jammed full with the dying and the dead.” Below the stairs, bodies were stacked in high piles like cordwood. When Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945, Forrest was placed on occupational duty in the region.

Date
2005 April  (received)
1945 April 11  (commemoration)
Geography
issue : Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
manufacture : Meissen (Saxony, Germany)
Language
German
English
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Ceramics
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Forrest James Robinson Jr.
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:35
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