While cleaning out his home in preparation to move, a retired truck driver found 13 photographs in the back of a cupboard. The photographs were taken by his late father-in-law, Ken Parker, who was an U.S. army photographer in World War II. The photographs were found along with an Army uniform and confiscated German pistol. The photographs depict the liberation of Mauthausen, one of the Nazi concentration camps. Mauthausen in Austria, had a gas chamber, torture instruments and medical experimentation. The U.S. Army arrived in the camp on May 5, 1945 and found 18,000 prisoners. Parker used his camera in the documentation by the Allies for the purpose of prosecuting the Germans for war crimes and alerting the public to the atrocities.
Rather than discard them his wife, daughter of Ken Parker, donated them. She sent the photographs to the Jewish Journal which published them in the article about the "find". Some of the photographs also made it to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive.
To read the Jewish Journal article and see the photographs go to: http://tinyurl.com/ybl3tgp6
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee