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American officials read an election announcement posted outside the camp administration barracks in the Landsberg displaced persons camp.

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    American officials read an election announcement posted outside the camp administration barracks in the Landsberg displaced persons camp.
    American officials read an election announcement posted outside the camp administration barracks in the Landsberg displaced persons camp.

Pictured from left to right are: Major Irving Heymont, camp director, Leo Srole, an UNRRA social worker who is translating the poster, and Dr. Abraham Glassgold, UNRRA director and a member of the camp committee.

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    American officials read an election announcement posted outside the camp administration barracks in the Landsberg displaced persons camp.

    Pictured from left to right are: Major Irving Heymont, camp director, Leo Srole, an UNRRA social worker who is translating the poster, and Dr. Abraham Glassgold, UNRRA director and a member of the camp committee.
    Photographer
    George Kadish/Zvi Kadushin
    Date
    October 1945
    Locale
    Landsberg, [Bavaria] Germany
    Variant Locale
    Landsberg Am Lech
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Irving Heymont

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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Irving Heymont
    Source Record ID: Collections: 2004.80

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    Biography
    Major Irving Heymont was an officer in the 5th Infantry Regiment of the US army that liberated the Gunskirchen concentration camp, a subcamp of Mauthausen. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. When the war ended, he was tasked to run the displaced persons camp in Landsberg, Germany, where he remained during the summer and fall of 1945. He reported to General Onslow Rolfe and eventually to General Craig who succeeded General Patton as head of the Third Army. Heymont was responsible for moving non-Jews out of Landsberg and for abolishing the pass system which had restricted the freedom of movement of the Jewish DPs. He limited the function of the guards at the gate to keeping strangers out; not keeping Jews in. Though Heymont never disclosed his Jewish background to his fellow officers or the Jewish DPs, his work at Landsberg was shaped by the knowledge that "had my father not fled Russia, my family might have been inhabitants of the camp." His letters back to his wife, which were later published, describe the lack of sanitation and poverty of the camps as well as the efforts of Jewish DPs to establish schools and medical care.
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