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Philip Hannan, a chaplain with the 82nd Airborne Division, helps a prisoner into a truck that will transport him from the Woebbelin concentration camp to an American field hospital.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 77018

Philip Hannan, a chaplain with the 82nd Airborne Division, helps a prisoner into a truck that will transport him from the Woebbelin concentration camp to an American field hospital.

Philip Mathew Hannan was born on May 20, 1913 to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Francis Hannan of Washington D.C. Hannan was ordained at the North American College in Rome by Bishop Ralph Hayes on December 8, 1939. From 1942-1946, Hannan served as chaplin for the 505th parachute regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, where he adopted the name "Jumping Padre." During his service, Hannan was involved with the Division of the Ardness Offensive (Battle of the Bulge). On May 2, 1945, the 82 Airborne Division liberated the Wobberlin concentration camp, a satellite of the Neuengamme extermination camp, near Ludwigslust. Hannan then served as the temporary pastor of the Cathedral of Cologne where he ministered to Allied troops and helped perserve the priceless objects of art located in the cathedral.

Photographer
Ralph Forney
Date
1945 May 04
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Arnold Bauer Barach
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Record last modified: 2007-10-01 00:00:00
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