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Pistol holster used by a Yugoslavian partisan

Object | Accession Number: 1993.167.2 b

Leather holster acquired by Lavoslav Kadelburg, while fighting in the Soviet Army against Germany in 1945. Lavoslav disarmed a German officer, likely from the Estonian SS, and kept the accompanying pistol and holster. Lavoslav was a lawyer in Zagreb when he was mobilized as a reserve officer in the Royal Yugoslav Army, in order to help defend against the Axis invasion in April 1942. Yugoslavia was overwhelmed, the army was disbanded, and Lasoslav was captured by the Nazis and taken back to Germany as a prisoner of war. He was held in Oflag VI C, a prisoner of war camp in Osnabrück-Eversheide. There, he became a member of the Antifascist Committee which combated the cruel treatment of the prisoners by the camp authorities. Later, Lavoslav was transferred to Barkenbrugge camp in Eastern Prussia, near the former Polish border. In January 1945, Barkenbrugge was evacuated before the advancing Soviet Army. Lavoslav escaped with many other prisoners and helped the Soviets fight the Germans. In March 1945, Lavoslav returned to Yugoslavia and joined the Narodnooslobodilački pokret (NOP, People's Liberation Movement). After the war, Lavoslav helped rehabilitate survivors of the Holocaust and served in a number of sociopolitical organizations and top level government positions. Through these roles, he became one of the most influential and powerful figures in the Jewish community of Yugoslavia.

acquired:  1945
manufacture: Oberndorf am Neckar (Germany)
Object Type
Holsters (lcsh)
Leather goods.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Yugoslavia
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 12:17:18
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