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Silver flagpole ornament with the NSBO Nazi trade union emblem taken by a US soldier 2005.561.2_a-b front

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

NSBO (Nationalsozialistische Betriebszellen-Organisation: National Socialist Industrial Cell Organization) flag pole decoration removed by Paul Carey, 21, an American soldier, from a flag pole with a Nazi flag (2005.561.1) in Nuremberg Stadium around April 20, 1945. NSBO was the Nazi Party organization that took over the trade unions in Germany after they were outlawed on May 2, 1933. Carey was assigned to the 831 Quartermaster Gas Supply Co., attached to the 3rd and 45 Infantry. His unit arrived in Nuremberg, Germany, on April 16, 1945. After four days of fierce fighting, the heavily defended city was captured. Carey was among the first group of soldiers to return home after the war ended on May 7, 1945.

NSBO (Nationalsozialistische Betriebszellen-Organisation: National Socialist Industrial Cell Organization) flag pole decoration removed by Paul Carey, 21, an American soldier, from a flag pole with a Nazi flag (2005.561.1) in Nuremberg Stadium around April 20, 1945. NSBO was the Nazi Party organization that took over the trade unions in Germany after they were outlawed on May 2, 1933. Carey was assigned to the 831 Quartermaster Gas Supply Co., attached to the 3rd and 45 Infantry. His unit arrived in Nuremberg, Germany, on April 16, 1945. After four days of fierce fighting, the heavily defended city was captured. Carey was among the first group of soldiers to return home after the war ended on May 7, 1945.

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  • Title: Silver flagpole ornament with the NSBO Nazi trade union emblem taken by a US soldier 2005.561.2_a-b front
  • Provenance: The flag pole decoration was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Melissa Carey-Lopez, the daughter of Paul M. Carey., The flag pole decoration was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Melissa Carey-Lopez, the daughter of Paul M. Carey.
  • Subject Keywords: Soldiers--United States--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Western Front. World War, 1939-1945--Germany--Nuremberg. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American. World War, 1939-1945--Europe--End., Soldiers--United States--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Western Front. World War, 1939-1945--Germany--Nuremberg. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American. World War, 1939-1945--Europe--End.
  • Type: Identifying Artifacts, Identifying Artifacts
  • 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: Silver colored metal flag topper molded in the shape of a hand and forearm grasping a sledge hammer with a swastika embossed on a black inked background on the the front and the back of the hammer head. Attached to the handle of the hammer above and below the fingers is a semi-circular quarter section of a cogwheel with 5 gear teeth and 2 support shafts. The lower edge of the cogwheel and the forearm act as a base attaching the topper with rivets to a short, hollow tube that would be inserted into the top of a flag pole. German text is engraved on the right side of the hammer head and an acronym is stamped on both sides of the cogwheel rim., Silver colored metal flag topper molded in the shape of a hand and forearm grasping a sledge hammer with a swastika embossed on a black inked background on the the front and the back of the hammer head. Attached to the handle of the hammer above and below the fingers is a semi-circular quarter section of a cogwheel with 5 gear teeth and 2 support shafts. The lower edge of the cogwheel and the forearm act as a base attaching the topper with rivets to a short, hollow tube that would be inserted into the top of a flag pole. German text is engraved on the right side of the hammer head and an acronym is stamped on both sides of the cogwheel rim.

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