Origin of Mysterious Dachau Photos Revealed

March 28, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film | Comment |

Yesterday we reported that a set of “never-before-seen” colour photographs portraying inmates in the Dachau concentration camp had surfaced on the Vintage Everyday blog; with the remark that the original source of the photographs was not specified. Since then, we’ve managed to trace back the images to the copyright owner, which happens to be the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The photos were apparently taken by Alexander Zabin, an “American soldier from Malverne, Long Island, New York, serving with the 4th Auxiliary Surgical Group in the US Third Army when he visited Dachau in mid-May 1945.”

The USHMM notes that Zabin “had landed in Normandy on the day after D-day and moved with the Third Army through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Czechoslovakia.” You can see the entire collection of Colonel Zabin’s photos - along with a number of other items he has donated to the museum - at the website below.

Website: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Colonel Alexander Zabin

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