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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1936-1945

Creator:  Chaplain John G. Gaskill

Summary/Abstract:  Chaplain Gaskill was a United States Army chaplain who was among the first Americans to enter the Dachau concentration camp.  Of special significance is the record book of those who died during the last three months of camp operation.  The information has been sent to Yad Vashem in Israel. The papers contain records from the Dachau concentration camp including death records, hospital records, a memorial service, reports, and prisoner testimonies.

Quantity/Physical Description: .2 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 67, Chaplain John G. Gaskill Papers, The Cuba Family Archives, The Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Oversized material removed to oversized collection.

Arrangement:  All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder. 

Biographical/Historical Note:  John G. Gaskill was born on October 29th, 1905. He served as a chaplain in the United State Army during World War II and was one of the first Americans to enter the Dachau concentration camp. He arranged for all the religious services to be performed as necessary for all denominations in many different tongues.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Chaplain John G. Gaskill Papers will gain insight into the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.   Subject Terms Persons/Families Gaskill, John G.
Organizations/Corporate Names United States Army
Places Dachau (Germany)
Subjects (General) Holocaust World War II Military chaplains
Material Types Correspondence Maps Songbooks
Occupations Chaplains   Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 “America at Dachau” by Chaplain John G. Gaskill Undated
2 Correspondence and memos related to Dachau concentration camp 1945
3 Death records – Dachau concentration camp March 1945 – May 1945
4 Funeral service – mass grace, Dachau concentration camp May 13, 1945
5 German songbook Undated
6 Hospital passes – Dachau concentration camp Undated
7 Hospital records – Dachau concentration camp 1945
8 Identification card of John G. Gaskill 1944
9 Map – city of Dachau Undated
10 Membership book to the Worker’s Front of German Soldier (Carl Timmermeisler) 1936
11 Memo related to Dachau concentration camp from Heinrich Himmler 1945
12 Message to the people of the United States from Dr. Ali Kuci following the liberation of Dachau concentration camp 1945
13 Miscellany Undated
14 Passes – Dachau concentration camp Undated
15 Publications related to Dachau concentration camp 1945
16 Religious service records – Dachau concentration camp 1945
17 Report, Health and Sanitation – Dachau concentration camp 1945
18 Report – “The Last Days of Dachau” by the International Prisoners Committee Information and Culture Central Bureau 1945
19 Testimonies of liberated prisoners – Dachau concentration camp 1945

 

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