James P. Kuykendall World War II Photography Collection #holocaust #photographs

Emily Garber

The Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona has announced the completion of a web project featuring the James P. Kuykendall World War II Photography Collection.

In 2016, a box of more than 400 photographs and memorabilia related to the European theater of World War II was donated to the Martin-Springer Institute. The materials had belonged to U.S. Medical Corp. soldier, James P. Kuykendall and was donated by a third party.

The Institute created, funded, and supervised a team of NAU students to research and archive the collection. The student team organized, identified, and preserved the collection of photographs and also reconstructed part of Kuykendall’s life and wartime experience using genealogical records and methods. The collection includes graphic imagery from Ebensee concentration camp, liberated 6 May 1945; Nurnberg (Nuremburg), massacred Russian slave laborers, May 1945; and Geisenhausen, political prisoners, April and May 1945.

The impressive web project may be viewed at: http://msi-worldwar2photos.org/

A warning: some of the images are difficult to take.

Emily Garber
Phoenix, Arizona

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