Here’s a history mystery for you. Not knowing what else to do with it, a Newport post office clerk gave STEVE WYATT, executive director of the LINCOLN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, a single WORLD WAR II ERA PHOTO ALBUM PAGE someone left in the post office lobby several months before.

Steve’s research led him to believe the photos were likely taken at the liberation of one of the largest concentration camps, MAUTHAUSEN-GUSEN, in Passau, Lower Bavaria, Germany. It was also one of the last to be liberated.

Pictured, two of the photos: left, a mass funeral with rows of wooden coffins; and right, a soldier next to a street sign for “Passau” and “DEGGENDORF.” Deggendorf was a camp for displaced Jewish refugees.

Anyone with information about the photos is asked to call Steve Wyatt at (541) 265-7509. “This page should either go back to its rightful owner,” he said, “or to a museum that is focused on World War II, concentration camps or the history of this region of Germany.”

— Elleda Wilson


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