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Welding torch handle with cutting tip from the Dora Mittelbau V2 factory

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Welding torch handle, with cutting tip, acquired by Chester C. Boone from the Dora Mittelbau V2 rocket factory in Nordhausen, Germany. Boone was a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army detachment that took over the factory after the liberation of the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp by US forces in April 1945. The secret, underground factory complex was operated with a slave labor force, many of whom were massacred by the Germans as they evacuated the camp. Boone's group oversaw the dismantling of the factory for six months, until it came under Soviet control, with the postwar partition of Germany.

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  • Title: Welding torch handle with cutting tip from the Dora Mittelbau V2 factory
  • Provenance: The welding torch set was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Gloryann Boone, the widow of Chester C.Boone, and Dave Johnson.
  • Subject Keywords: Soldiers--United States--Biography. Rocketry--Germany--History--20th century. V-2--History. World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Western Front. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
  • Type: Tools and Equipment
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Cylindrical torch handle with a vertical line, an acetylene and an oxygen valve knob, and 2 hose fittings at the bottom. The cutting tip is coupled to the handle.

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