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Elton V. Wagner, Papers, 1942-45

Technician 4th Grade, Headquarters Special Troops 3rd Army


Prepared by James Petrucella, July 15, 1994

1 record storage box. 1 cubic ft. 11th floor

INVENTORY

Scope and Content

The Wagner Collection includes an assortment of periodicals, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, photographs, and artifacts which were collected by Elton V. Wagner during his tour of duty with General George Patton's Third Army on their sweep through western and central Europe in 1944-45. Wagner served in the followingbattles and campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. His decorations and citations include: Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars, and World War II Victory Medal. Donated by Mrs. Margaret Wagner, these items serve as a reminder of the atrocities inflicted on the civilian population and Allied Military Forces by Hitler's Third Reich, as well as the bravery and committment to freedom exhibited by the American and other Allied Forces.

The first item in the collection is a color reproduction of Corporal Elton V. and Mrs. Wagner taken during the 1940s. This is followed by items (2-14) collected by Corporal Wagner that were specifically issued by the Third U.S. Army such as maps, letters, booklets and travel pocket guides. Items 15-23 are primarily postcards and photographs of France and Germany. A variety of military newspapers and magazines comprise items 24-33. These include the Nancy, France; Germany and South Germany editions of Stars & Stripes, Warweek, Yank: The Army Magazine and an article from Life. In some cases only portions of the magazines have survived.

The next set of items relate specifically to the German Third Reich and the Holocaust. Within this set, items 34-40 include two propaganda booklets which glorify Hitler, two calendars, two pages from a German soldiers' military papers and some photographs. Items 41-47 give graphic visualizations of the savagery inflicted in concentration camps. The horrors discovered by American GIs in the concentration and labor camps are represented in photographs which were taken by the 166th Photo Company. Miscellaneous items collected since the end of World War II that relate to the Holocaust and human rights are included in items 48-55.

The remaining items in this collection include a Nazi flag which flew over the Sports Stadium in Nurnburg, a Nazi arm band, a Nazi Iron Cross and an insignia from the Third U.S. Army.

Box 1

Folder -- Contents

1 -- Color Photograph: Corporal and Mrs Wagner

ITEMS ASSOCIATED WITH OR SPECIFICALLY ISSUED BY THE THIRD UNITED STATES ARMY

2 -- Letter: Dwight D. Eisenhower to Every American Under His Command: February 25, 1944

3 -- Letter: Dwight D. Eisenhower to Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: 1944

4 -- Booklet: "Third Army: A Brief History of Operations in Europe": Prepared by G-3 Historical Sub-Section

5 -- Booklet: "A Souvenir Booklet for the Officers, Enlisted Men & Civilians Who Made History With the 3rd US Army in the European Theater of Operations, 1944-45"

6 -- Map: Third US Army: Denotes Advances Through Europe: Prepared by G-3 Historical Sub-Section: *In Oversize Map File: Drawer 8

7 -- Poster: Final Periodic Report: 3rd US Army: (Includes Insignias of Divisions): *In Oversize Map File: Drawer 8

8 -- Sheet Music Cards: "Third US Army March": Dedicated to Lt. General George S. Patton Jr. & Officers & Men of 3rd US Army: (1 of 2 Folders)

9 -- Sheet Music Cards: "Third US Army March": Dedicated to Lt. General George S. Patton Jr. & Officers & Men of 3rd US Army: (2 of 2 Folders)

10 -- Map: City of Luxembourg: Published by War Office, 1944: * In Oversize Map File: Drawer 8

11 -- Pocket Guide: "The Cities of Belgium and Luxembourg": Published by War Department: GPO, 1944

12 -- Pocket Guide: "The Cities of the Netherlands": Published by the War Department: GPO, 1944

13 -- Pocket Guide: "A Short Guide to Great Britain": Published by War & Navy Departments: GPO, 1944

14 -- Pocket Guide: "Here It Is--The A Armys Tour For You: Munich & the Bavarian Highlands": Issued by the SP. SV. HQ 3rd US Army

ITEMS NOT SPECIFICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE THIRD UNITED STATES ARMY

15 -- Black/White Photographs: Chalons-sur-Marne, France

16 -- Postcards: Etain (Meuse), France

17 -- Postcards: L'Epine, France

18 -- Postcards: Pithiviers (Loiret), France

19 -- Postcards: France (Miscellaneous)

20 -- Postcard Book: "Cimetiere Americain de Romagne" (American Military Cemetery in Northeast France)

21 -- Black/White Photographs: Set of 20 with Two Missing: Monuments, Cemeteries of World War II (France)

22 -- Postcards: Munich, Germany

23 -- Black/White Photographs: Miscellaneous

MILITARY NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES

24 -- Newsmagazine: Warweek: November 11, 1945: * In Oversize Map File: Drawer 8

25 -- Newspapers: Stars & Stripes: Nancy Edition: March 14, 27, 1945 & April 4, 7, 13, 14, 1945: * In Oversize Map File: Drawer 8

26 -- Newspapers: Stars & Stripes: Germany Edition: April 13, 17, 24, 28, 1945 & May 3, 7, 1945: * In Oversize Map File: Drawer 8

27 -- Newspapers: Stars & Stripes: South Germany Edition: May 8-10, 20, 23, 1945: * In Oversize Map File: Drawer 8

28 -- Newspaper: Stars & Stripes: Victory Edition: August 15, 1945: * In Oversize Map File: Drawer 8

29 -- Magazine: Stars & Stripes Magazine: August 19, 1945: * In Oversize Map File: Drawer 8

30 -- Magazine: Yank: The Army Magazine: August 13, 1945 & May 27, 1945: * In Oversize Map File: Drawer 8

31 -- Magazine: Yank: The Army Magazine: Assorted Articles (Undated): * In Oversize Map File: Drawer 8

32 -- Magazine Article: Life (Undated): "Paris is Free Again"

33 -- Newspaper Photograph Clippings: Eisenhower, Through Normandy's Hedges, On to Paris, Naval Scene

ITEMS THAT SPECIFICALLY RELATE TO THE GERMAN THIRD REICH AND THE HOLOCAUST

34 -- Booklet: Hitler in Seinen Bergen (Translated: Hitler in His Mountains): (Predominately Photographs): Published by Verlag Heinrich Hoffmann, Munich, 1938

35 -- Booklet: Unser Aller Hitler: Wie Man Euch den Fuhrer Zeigte und Wie Er Wirklich ist (Roughly Translated: Our Most Gracious Hitler: How the Fuhrer is Portrayed and How He Really is): (Propaganda Piece): Published by Nibelungen-Verlang, Berlin, 1940

36 -- Black/White Photograph: Admiral of German Navy: Karl Donitz

37 -- Black/White Photograph: Uncompleted Building: Hitler's Planned Ruling Center

38 -- Calendar: Year 1939: Distributed by Rudolf Koenig; Coffee, Tea, Wholesale Business, Bremen: Includes Scenes of Prewar Bremen: Published in Leipzig, August 2, 1938

39 -- Calendar: Year 1944: Naval Calendar: Includes Pictures/Text/Statistics: Published in Dresden, October 30, 1943

40 -- Military Papers: (Partial): German Soldier: Birthdate October 16, 1911

41 -- Black/White Photographs: (4): Atrocities at Buchenwald Concentration Camp (Men/Children): Photographed by 166th Photo Co: April 23, 1945

42 -- Black/White Photographs: (3): Atrocities at Hergenhein Concentration Camp (Jewish Women): Photographed by 166th Photo Co: May 6, 1945

43 -- Black/White Photographs: (6): Atrocities of Slave Laborers in Nurnburg Area: Photographed by 166th Photo Co: April 29, 1945

44 -- Black/White Photographs: (9): Arocities at Ohrdruf Concentration Camp: Photographed by 166th Photo Co: April 10, 1945

45 -- Black/White Photographs: (2): Atrocities at Schwartenxenfield Concentration Camp: Photographed by 166th Photo Co: April 24, 1945

46 -- Black/White Photographs: (3): Atrocities at Concentration Camp Near Weimar, Germany (Buchenwald?): Photographed by 166th Photo Co: April 14, 1945

47 -- Black/White Photographs: (2): Mass Graves at Wetterfield, Germany: Photographed by 166th Photo Co: May 5, 1945

ITEMS COLLECTED SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR II THAT RELATE TO THE HOLOCAUST AND HUMAN RIGHTS

48 -- Newspaper: "The Record, The Holocaust in History, 1933-1945": Published by Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 1978

49 -- Pamphlet: Jewish Studies Program: KSU

50 -- General: Information from 1983 Holocaust Conference: KSU Trumbull Campus

51 -- Article: "A Baha'i Declaration of Human Obligations and Rights"

52 -- Pamphlet: "Publications and Audio Visual Materials on the Holocaust for Schools, Churches, Civic Groups and Libraries": Center For Studies on the Holocaust, Anti-Defamation Leauge of B'nai B'rith

53 -- Booklet: "World Refugee Survey 1982": US Committee for Refugees

54 -- Newspaper Article: "Dust to Ashes": Record-Courier, Ravenna-Kent: March 16, 1982

55 -- Newspaper Articles: "Holocaust's Horrors Still Haunt Survivors; Holocaust Suriviors Gather; Dignitaries in Israel Mourn Nazis' Victims: Akron Beacon Journal, Akron: April 10, 1983

ARTIFACTS OF THE GERMAN THIRD REICH AND THE THIRD UNITED STATES ARMY

56 -- Artifacts: Nazi Flag, Nazi Arm Band, Nazi Metal Cross and 3rd Army Insignia * These items can be found in oversize map file on the 11th floor


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