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Horace J. Orr Mauthausen Concentration Camp collection

Identifier: MSS 557 small
This collection contains a printed guide to the former concentration camp of Mauthausen; original photographs of the camp and prisoners taken by Orr; a letter from Orr to Raymond S. Buch, historian of the N. J. chapter of the 11th Armored Division Association; a memoir-essay by Orr and his family visiting the camp in 1965; and testimonies by Belgian doctor Dr. William ("Bill") Hoorick, prisoner Dr. jur. Ludwig Soswinski, and Camp Commander Franz Ziereis.


  • 1945 - 1985

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact MSU Libraries Special Collections.


.1 Linear Feet (1 folder) : 34 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 30 cm

Biographical / Historical

The Mauthausen concentration camp was located in Austria and is the location where roughly 200,000 people died from August 1938 to May 1945. Horace J. Orr, Jr., was Assistant Chaplain to the 11th Armored Division and was present at the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp on May 7, 1945.

Custodial History

This collection appears to be documents and photographs by Horace Orr, and given to 11th Armored Division historian Raymond S. Buch. Upon MSU's acquisition, it was originally cataloged as Folio XX D805.A8 O7 1984.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2017.
Finding Aid for the Horace J. Orr Mauthausen Concentration Camp collection
Lydia Tang
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Repository Details

Part of the Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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