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Gavel used to close postwar Nordhausen war crimes trial

Object | Accession Number: 2014.165.1

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    Brief Narrative
    Gavel used by Lieutenant Colonel David H. Thomas to close the Dachau and Nordhausen war crimes trials in 1947. Col. Thomas was one of seven officers designated by the Headquarters of the European Command to constitute the court for the Kurt Andrae case. He was also a lawyer for the Judge Advocate General during the Dora war crimes trials.
    use:  1947
    use: Nordhausen Trial; Dachau (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Col. David H. Thomas
    Subject: David H. Thomas

    Physical Details

    Tools and Equipment
    Hand tools
    Object Type
    Gavels (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Varnished and stained, turned, lightweight, brown wooden gavel with a cylindrical handle with a knob end, with a short extension, then a recessed band that extends into a smooth handle that tapers, expands, then tapers to attach to the barrel shaped head. The head has a series of ridges and grooves and slightly rounded ends.
    overall: Height: 11.000 inches (27.94 cm) | Width: 3.250 inches (8.255 cm)
    overall : wood, varnish stain

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Dora (Concentration camp)

    Administrative Notes

    The gavel was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2014 by David H. Thomas II, the son of David H. Thomas.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2024-01-16 07:35:08
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