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Stainless steel table knife engraved with a Reichsadler found by a US soldier in a German Officers Club

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Stainless steel butter knife found by twenty-five year old Lieutenant Bernard M. Fishman in a German Army Engineers Officers Club in Ulm, Germany, circa May 1945. The handle is engraved with the club name followed by a Reichsadler, an Imperial eagle holsing a swastika. Fishman enlisted in the United States Army in March 1942 and was assigned to the Warrant Officer's Corps.

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  • Title: Stainless steel table knife engraved with a Reichsadler found by a US soldier in a German Officers Club
  • Provenance: The table knife was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Bernard Fishman.
  • Subject Keywords: Jewish soldiers--United States--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish--Personal narratives, American. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
  • Type: Household Utensils
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Cast stainless steel table knife with a solid rounded handle that tapers toward the joint. The front and back side borders have a pressed indent which flattens the side edges. The blade has a rounded tip, a dull cutting edge, and an incised groove on the other edge. The blade heel has the following marks stamped vertically: WMF, the maker's mark for Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik; NIROSTA within an oval, the stainless steel trademark of ThyssenKrupp;and a pyramid with a cross inside, the logo of Hammesfahr Nirosta-Werk. The reverse side of the blade has a triangular backstamp with WMF Cromargan, the trademark for stainless steel, near the joint; near the butt are 2 horizontal lines of German text and a Reichsadler, a dexter facing eagle holding a wreath with a swastika in its talons.

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