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Inventory of the Harold Schreiner Photographs, 1945

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The collection consists of approximately 42 photographs taken in 1945 by Harold Schreiner, a U.S. Army tank commander. These images show war damage in Germany and include 14 Holocaust atrocity photographs from Dachau concentration camp.
Title: Harold Schreiner photographs
Creator: Schreiner, Harold, 1917-2005
Date(s): 1945  
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
(2 folders)
Repository: Jewish Heritage Collection, Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
Call Number: Mss 1065-025
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical Note

Harold Schreiner served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander in the 20th Armored Division, 27th Tank Battalion, during World War II. He participated in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp, and took photographs to document the atrocities committed there.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of approximately 42 photographs showing war damage in Germany taken in 1945 by Harold Schreiner, a U.S. Army tank commander. Photographs show the ruins of Berchtesgaden and other areas in Germany; U.S. troops, tanks, and other equipment; and damaged German military equipment, including airplanes, tanks, and guns. Other images include 14 Holocaust atrocity photographs from Dachau concentration camp.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.


    • Schreiner, Harold, 1917-2005
    • United States. Army
    • Dachau (Concentration camp)


    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
    • World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities
    • World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Germany
    • World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage--Germany


    • Dachau (Germany)

    Types of Material

    • Black-and-white negatives
    • Black-and-white photographs
    • Black-and-white slides
    • Digital images
    • DVDs


    Photographs, 1945   folder 1

    Negatives and slides, 1945   folder 2

    Negatives and slides of select photographs in folder 1. Digital images on DVD are also included.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

    The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

    The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Harold Schreiner photographs, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2005 by Carey Lee Hudson.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Rebecca McClure, October 2011.

    Encoded by Rebecca McClure, March 2012.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, March 2012.

    Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

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