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Black canvas shoes given to a US soldier by a recently liberated inmate at Dachau

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Pair of black canvas slipon shoes given to Harvey J. Poppe, a US Army soldier, by an inmate at the recently liberated Dachau concentration camp. On May 1, 1945, former prisoners able to work were given slipper shoes from a large warehouse stockpile. One of the inmates gave a pair to Harvey. Harvey arrived in Dachau on April 28, 1945, with his unit, the 79th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, Company B. The camp was liberated the next day. The unit distributed food, clothes, and shoes. Harvey wore the pair given to him around his apartment in the former SS [Schutzstaffel] living quarters. The unit left at the end of May.

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  • Title: Black canvas shoes given to a US soldier by a recently liberated inmate at Dachau
  • Provenance: The shoes were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004 by Harvey J. Poppe.
  • Subject Keywords: Soldiers--United States--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation--Germany--Dachau. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
  • Type: Dress Accessories
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: a. Black canvas slipon shoe with a flat rope coil sole, tapered in the center, with a stitched cardboard insole. The upper section is double stitched with light brown thread across the center and along the back. There is a very frayed brown cloth tie on either side at the quarter. Signs of wear suggest this is the right shoe. The cloth upper has dirt smudges and the toe end of the sole is stained. b. Black canvas slipon shoe with a flat rope coil sole, tapered in the center, with a stitched cardboard insole. The upper section is double stitched with light brown thread across the center and along the back. There is frayed brown cloth tie on either side at the quarter. Signs of wear suggest this is the left shoe. The cloth upper has dirt smudges and the toe end of the sole is stained.

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