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Pin with a profile of Adolf Hitler found during postwar reconstruction

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Pin found by 14 year old Diane Keeley and her siblings in the home in Nuremburg, Germany, where her family lived from 1949-1953. The home had been expropriated from a German man suspected of being a Nazi by the United States Army for use by its personnel. Diane's father was an American civilian employee sent to Germany in January 1946 as part of the army of occupation. The children had been told to never go to the basement and disturb the previous occupant's belongings. However, one day, the girls decided to explore the area and they took some items as souvenirs.

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  • Title: Pin with a profile of Adolf Hitler found during postwar reconstruction
  • Location: Germany--History--1933-1945.
  • Provenance: The Hitler lapel pin was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Diane Keeley.
  • Subject Keywords: Allied occupation, Germany, 1945-1955. Nazi propaganda--Germany.
  • Type: Jewelry
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Round, metal pin with a relief image of Adolf Hitler in left profile. There is text along the perimeter with a swastika between each word. The fastening pin is attached to the disc by a metal flap.

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