1936 August 01 - 1936 August 16
- Berlin, [Berlin] Germany
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- Photo Credit
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Wendie Theus
- Event History
- Photograph from a photo album entitled "Zur Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit bei der Leibstandaite SS Adolf Hitler" [In memory of my service with the SS bodyguards of Adolf Hitler]. The original owner of the album is thought to be Gerhard Pleiss.
The album was brought this back from Europe by the father of the donor, Milton V. Elliott, an American soldier.
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- Photo Source
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumProvenance: Wendie TheusSource Record ID: Collections: 2013.455
Keywords & Subjects
- Gerhard Pleiss, Hauptsturmfuhrer in the Waffen-SS, SS-Panzer-Division Leibstandarte SS "Adolf Hitler," 1st Company was born April 20, 1915, in Remschein Germany. In 1936, the 21 year old Pleiss volunteered for the SS and was accepted into the Leibstandart, Hitler's personal bodyguard. He was awarded for his leadership in the May 1940 invasion of France and the April 1941 Balkans campaign. In June 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Pleiss was killed by a mine on November 17, 1941, during the offensive on Rostov-on-Don.
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