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Letter from Ernest Loeb to Emil Loeb, 12 June 1945

Identifier: B407.01.0001.0011.00001


This is a letter to Emil Loeb written by his son Ernest Loeb on June 12, 1945. The letter was written when Ernest was in Germany with the U.S. Army. The letter has an associated envelope, with Ernest's rank as a "T/5" [Technician fifth grade], Emil's address, a 6 cent stamp, and is stamped by the U.S. Army Postal Service at 10 AM on June 27, 1945. The letter is written via typewriter on U.S. Signal Corps stationary. In the letter, Ernest talks about pictures that were also enclosed with the letter, but are not in the Beck Archives collection.

The letter reads: "6/12/1945 These pictures were taken at the concentration camp at Erla bei [in] Leipzig. 300 slave laborers were killed one hour before we got there. They were herded into a barrack and hand grenades were thrown in. Evidence is enclosed. SS and Hitler Youth did the job. I held these pictures so long for censorship reasons. Please show them to your I & E students and tell them we will get the guilty ones. And if they can bear looking at them show them to everyone around. Let them know what the cultured Germans are responsible for. Love, Ernest." Spelling and grammatical errors in the original letter have been corrected.


  • 12 June 1945



1 Items : One (1) letter, with one (1) corresponding envelope.

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

The series contains documents, letters, newsclippings, and photographs related to the Loeb Family. Documents include school report cards and official papers related to WWII and the Holocaust. Letters include correspondence almost exclusively relating to WWII and the Holocaust. Newsclippings are more recent and relate to Ernest, Ron, and Larry Loeb and their life in the US. Photographs include photos from before, during, and after WWII.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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