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143 discharged machine gun link ammunition belt sections found at a mass execution site in Ukraine 2010.443.19 box 1 closed

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

143 discharged non-disintegrating link ammunition belt pieces for MG 34 and 42 German machine guns, with the contemporary archeological bag they were transported in, recovered in 2005 by Yahad-In Unum at a mass execution site in Khvativ, a small village in the Lvivska province of Ukraine. An ammunition belt is used to load cartridges into an automatic weapon. In September 1939, following Germany's invasion of Poland, the Lvivska province was occupied by the Soviet Union pursuant to the terms of the German-Soviet Pact. In late June 1941, Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, a surprise attack on Russia. The military assault was coordinated with killing squads whose goal was the Final Solution, the elimination of all Jews from the conquered territories. With the assistance of trained collaborators and the local populace, the goal was achieved through deportations to killing centers and mass executions throughout the region. The lack of adequate rail transport meant that many villages had killing fields where the Jews were shot and buried in huge ditches, along with the bullets and other evidence. Through interviews with the remaining eyewitnesses, Yahad-In Unum locates and documents these remains of a Holocaust by bullets and offers respectful remembrance for the fallen.

143 discharged non-disintegrating link ammunition belt pieces for MG 34 and 42 German machine guns, with the contemporary archeological bag they were transported in, recovered in 2005 by Yahad-In Unum at a mass execution site in Khvativ, a small village in the Lvivska province of Ukraine. An ammunition belt is used to load cartridges into an automatic weapon. In September 1939, following Germany's invasion of Poland, the Lvivska province was occupied by the Soviet Union pursuant to the terms of the German-Soviet Pact. In late June 1941, Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, a surprise attack on Russia. The military assault was coordinated with killing squads whose goal was the Final Solution, the elimination of all Jews from the conquered territories. With the assistance of trained collaborators and the local populace, the goal was achieved through deportations to killing centers and mass executions throughout the region. The lack of adequate rail transport meant that many villages had killing fields where the Jews were shot and buried in huge ditches, along with the bullets and other evidence. Through interviews with the remaining eyewitnesses, Yahad-In Unum locates and documents these remains of a Holocaust by bullets and offers respectful remembrance for the fallen.

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  • Title: 143 discharged machine gun link ammunition belt sections found at a mass execution site in Ukraine 2010.443.19 box 1 closed
  • Location: Ukraine--History--German occupation, 1941-1944., Ukraine--History--German occupation, 1941-1944.
  • Provenance: The bullet casings were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2010 by Father Patrick Desbois on behalf of Yahad-in Unum., The bullet casings were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2010 by Father Patrick Desbois on behalf of Yahad-in Unum.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Ukraine. Genocide--Ukraine. Jews--Persecutions--Ukraine. Mass murder--Ukraine. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities--Ukraine--Lvivska oblast., Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Ukraine. Genocide--Ukraine. Jews--Persecutions--Ukraine. Mass murder--Ukraine. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities--Ukraine--Lvivska oblast.
  • Type: Containers, Containers
  • Rights: Permanent Collection, Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: The letter components in this record are assigned for cataloging purposes only. a. 143 discharged steel ammunition belt sections made of 1 to 18 linked truncated cone shaped steel containers with significant orange rust and corrosion. An intact container has a flared rectangular body with 2 holes on the top and bottom, 4 on the right, 5 on the left, linked by 4 small metal rings. The container sizes vary from fully intact to only the body intact, averaging 1.375 inches in length and 0.500 inches in diameter. 5 containers hold bullet casings and 15 containers hold metal remnants. There is 1 free standing used cylindrical bullet casing with a ridge near the bottom rim. There are 3 pieces of corroded, rectangular metal; 2 are flat with small holes and metal rings and the other has 2 small holes in the center. Box 1 has 51 belt pieces, box 2 has 73 belt pieces and box 3 has 19 belt pieces. b. Rectangular, white polypropylene sack with a hemmed top opening and a reinforced, double stitched closed bottom. One side has handwritten text in black marker and a preprinted black recycling label. The reverse has a red preprinted manufacturer’s logo. Dimensions: 20.375 inches height; 13.375 inches width., The letter components in this record are assigned for cataloging purposes only. a. 143 discharged steel ammunition belt sections made of 1 to 18 linked truncated cone shaped steel containers with significant orange rust and corrosion. An intact container has a flared rectangular body with 2 holes on the top and bottom, 4 on the right, 5 on the left, linked by 4 small metal rings. The container sizes vary from fully intact to only the body intact, averaging 1.375 inches in length and 0.500 inches in diameter. 5 containers hold bullet casings and 15 containers hold metal remnants. There is 1 free standing used cylindrical bullet casing with a ridge near the bottom rim. There are 3 pieces of corroded, rectangular metal; 2 are flat with small holes and metal rings and the other has 2 small holes in the center. Box 1 has 51 belt pieces, box 2 has 73 belt pieces and box 3 has 19 belt pieces. b. Rectangular, white polypropylene sack with a hemmed top opening and a reinforced, double stitched closed bottom. One side has handwritten text in black marker and a preprinted black recycling label. The reverse has a red preprinted manufacturer’s logo. Dimensions: 20.375 inches height; 13.375 inches width.

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