Anvil paperweight given in gratitude to a US soldier / DP camp administrator
Landsberg am Lech (Displaced persons camp);
Landsberg am Lech (Germany)
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Colonel Irving Heymont
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.
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Also in Irving Heymont collection
The collection consists of a paperweight, correspondence, documents, photographs, a publication, reports, and a videocassette relating to the experiences of Irving Heymont, then a Major, 5th Regiment, 71st Infantry, during and after World War II in Germany, including the liberation of Gunskirchen concentration camp and his administration of Landsberg displaced persons camp in Germany, as well as continuing educational and commemorative activities.
The Irving Heymont papers contains material concerning Irving Heymont, a U.S. Army officer who assisted in the liberation of Gunskirchen, and was tasked in the administration of the Landsberg am Lech displaced persons camp. Within the collection are letters from Irving to his wife, Joan, discussing the conditions and administration of the camp. Other items include military reports, theses on the Landsberg camp, and various mixed media including German cigarette cards, news clippings, and various photographs of Landsberg and the Gunskirchen liberation.