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Object ID

2019.2.250

Object Name

Postcard

Date

9-27-1946

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Green paper with ‘PRISONER OF WAR POST CARD’ at center top; reverse has printed lines with handwritten message.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:.Dachau was Germany’s longest operating concentration camp, opened by Himmler in 1933. Under Theodore Eicke’s brutal administration, Dachau became the planned paradigm of gratuitous terror, cruelty and murder; and a training facility for prospective guards for all concentration camps for Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, “criminals”, and assorted “enemies of the state”. Dachau was liberated April 29, 1945 by American troops, and ironically, converted into an internment/prison camp for Nazi criminals, former concentration camp guards, etc.

Rudolf Schur, the imprisoned POW, writes on September 27, 1946 to his wife Gertrud in Karlsruhe that after “crisscrossing Germany” he ahs been in Dachau since September 25, and hopes to be with her in the next few days: “only days separate us.” This card was examined by a U.S. military censor.

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3 1/4 x 5 1/2"

Keywords

Rudolf Schuhr, Gertrud Schuhr, Dachau Concentration Camp

Postcard from German Prisoner of War Imprisoned in Former Concentration Camp, Dachau, to his Wife

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