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Inventory of the Paul Bridges Holocaust Photographs, 1945-1946

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The collection consists of copies of photographs taken at Dachau concentration camp and collected by Paul Bridges, a U.S. soldier who served as a guard at the camp after its liberation in April 1945.
Title: Paul Bridges Holocaust photographs
Creator: Bridges, Paul, 1924-2010
Date(s): 1945-1946  
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
(1 folder)
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 1065-035
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical Note

Paul Bridges (1924-2010) was a U.S. soldier stationed at Dachau concentration camp, where he served as a guard after its liberation. Upon his return to the United States, he obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and worked as an accountant in Greenville, South Carolina, prior to retirement.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of copies (negatives, copy prints, and digital images) of photographs taken at Dachau concentration camp and collected by Paul Bridges, a U.S. soldier who served as a guard at the camp after its April 1945 liberation. Bridges is shown at Dachau in several photographs, which also include Holocaust atrocity photographs that were widely distributed following the liberation of the camp. Images of Nazi insignia and caps collected by Bridges are also included.

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.


    • Bridges, Paul, 1924-2010
    • Dachau (Concentration camp)
    • United States. Army


    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
    • World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities
    • World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Germany--Dachau


    • Dachau (Germany)

    Types of Material

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


    Images, 1945-1946   folder 1

    Includes negatives and digital images on DVD.

    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], Paul Bridges Holocaust photographs, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were lent for copying in 2005 by Paul Bridges.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Rebecca McClure, February 2012.

    Encoded by Rebecca McClure, April 2012.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, May 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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