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Pair of leather boots given to a US liberator by a concentration camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2014.479.1 a-b

Leather boots given to Captain James Keegan, US Army, by a prisoner whom he befriended following the liberation of Landsberg concentration camp in Germany. The inmate made the boots while a shoemaker at the camp. He explained how he had used matchsticks to attach the soles because there were few nails. 2nd Lt. Keegan, 411th Regiment, 103rd Infantry Division, deployed to France in fall 1944 and was a front line officer throughout the war. On April 27, 1945, James's company was one of the first to reach and liberate Landsberg, a Dachau subcamp. His unit was assigned to provide aid to the inmates and stabilize camp conditions. James was awarded several medals for his service, including two Bronze Stars for heroic merit. James rarely spoke about the war, but he would often talk about his friend from Landsberg, and treasured the boots he had been given.

Date
approximately 1945 April 27  (received)
Geography
creation : Landsberg (Concentration camp); Landsberg am Lech (Germany)
received : Landsberg (Concentration camp); Landsberg am Lech (Germany)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Footwear
Object Type
Boots (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of James B. Keegan, Jr., in memory of his father, Cpt. James B. Keegan
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:05:20
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