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Anvil paperweight given in gratitude to a US soldier / DP camp administrator

Object | Accession Number: 1989.259.1

Cast metal anvil paperweight presented with gratitude to Major Irving Heymont by residents of Landsberg displaced persons camp in December 1945. It was made by students in the vocational schools whose operation Heymont supported as camp administrator from September -December 1945. When Heymont, a 27 year old Jewish American soldier, first visited Landsberg, a former German military barracks, he was shocked to find a filthy, disorganized camp surrounded by barbed wire with US soldiers guarding the gates to keep residents from leaving. It was overcrowded with over 4000 residents, who Heymont saw as demoralized and lacking hope for the future. He made it an all Jewish camp, got rid of the barbed wire and other restrictions, and worked closely with the resident’s committee to improve camp conditions and restore the resident’s dignity. Heymont was an officer of K Company, 5th Infantry, 71st Division, which had liberated Gunskirchen concentration camp on May 4, 1945.

1945 December  (received)
received : Landsberg am Lech (Displaced persons camp); Landsberg am Lech (Germany)
Decorative Arts
Object Type
Paperweights (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Colonel Irving Heymont
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:50
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