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Portrait of former French Prime Minister Leon Blum and his wife, following their liberation.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 49998

Portrait of former French Prime Minister Leon Blum and his wife, following their liberation.

Original caption reads: "Among the famous personalities freed by Allied troops from the German concentration camp at Lago di Braies in the Alps, in Italy, on May 4, 1945, was Leon Bloom, former Prime Minister of France, who is shown with his wife at the camp. Blum disclosed that he had been a prisoner in France until March, 1943, when the Gestapo took him to Germany with Deladier and General Gamelin. Confined at Buchenwald, he was guarded by 20 SS men with especially trained police dogs. Later he was taken to the Alpine camp for perpetual confinement, without having a trial. Although suffering from lumbago and bronchitits, Blum shook hands energetically with his Liberators. During five years of imprisonment, Blum and his wife listened secretely to BBO broadcasts."

Date
1945 May 04
Photo Designation
LIBERATION -- Italy -- General
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Joseph Eaton
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Record last modified: 2010-09-15 00:00:00
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