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Boxes 1-57

Subject File, 1936-1994

Scope and Contents note

Biographical notes, broadsides, brochures, bulletins, cartoons, correspondence, diaries, flyers, forms, handbooks, identification papers, instructions, leaflets, lists, manuals, maps, memoirs, memoranda, newsletters, official documents, orders, pamphlets, photographs, postcards, posters, press releases, proclamations, propaganda, ration cards, regulations, reports, rosters, serial issues, studies, underground literature, writings, clippings and other printed matter, and miscellany, arranged alphabetically by country and then by subject or physical form.
 

General

Box 49

Censorship, 1939-1945

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Envelopes opened by the censor addressed to the Hoover Library, Stanford, California.
Box 46

Churches, undated

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Pamphlets relating to the attitude of the Churches vis-a-vis fascism and nazism.
Box 47

Civilian relief, 1944

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Pamphlet issued by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, entitled UNRRA: Organization, Aims and Progress.
Box 57

Commemorations, 1994

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Programs, booklets, pamphlets, brochures, serial issues, and memorabilia relating to the commemorations of the fiftieth anniversaries of the D-Day landings in Normandy and of the Battle of the Bulge.
Box 48

Diplomatic history

 

Origins of the war, 1937-1938, 1940-1955

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlets relating to the origins of the war. Includes a compilation of documents from the period 1937-1938. In English and Polish.
Box 46

Conferences, 1942 December 18

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Proceedings of the Round Table Conference "Germany's Thirty Years' War" held at the Savoy Hotel, London.
Box 48

Governments-in-exile, 1942-1943

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Pamphlet by Edward Puacz relating to various exiled governments and pamphlets issued by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace relating to European governments-in-exile.
Box 46

Jews, pamphlets

 

General, Justice for the Jews and The Jews in the Family of Nations, 1943

Box 53

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, 1941-1943

 

World Jewish Congress, 1943-1944

Box 48

Military operations, 1945

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Chart of operations in the European Theater.
Boxes 1-4, 45, 50-52

Propaganda

 

Allied

 

General, 1939-1945

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Pamphlets, leaflets, and reports, in a variety of languages, distributed by the Allied Forces in Europe, Asia, and the Arab world.
Box 4

French propaganda leaflets (in German), including a pamphlet by Hermann Rauschning denouncing Hitler; and British air raid leaflets (in English, French and German) dropped by the R.A.F., as well as other leaflets relating to the paper salvage campaign in Great Britain

Box 47

American pamphlet issued by the U.S. Office of War Information entitled Modern Leaflet Bombing, 1945

Box 43

Printing plate used for leaflets dropped on Japanese cities several days ahead of bombing, advising citizens to evacuate

Boxes 5-6

Axis

 

General, 1939-1945

Scope and Contents note

Mostly German propaganda, in various languages, distributed in Europe and Asia. Includes one issue of Front und Heimat (German soldier's newspaper).
Box 48

Pamphlets issued by the German authorities in Poland, 1940-1942

Language of Material: Polish
Box 6

Leaflet distributed after the Japanese Army landed in Indonesia, 1942

Language of Material: Chinese
Box 53

Reconstruction

 

General, 1942-1945

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlets, brochures, and speeches, including on world organization and world peace. Includes Richard N. Coudenhove-Kalergi, "Peace Aims as War Weapons," Martha Jelenko, Post-War Reconstruction: Major Programs and Opinions, and Wm. Reitmann, Lasting World Peace and Total World-Disarmament on a Divine-Angelic Basis. Also includes a report by the Women's Employment Federation on post-war opportunities for women.
 

Europe, 1955-1957

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Clippings by Paul van Zeeland and others relating to his activities to secure European peace and union. Includes an undated typescript on his wartime activities and the book jacket for Paul van Zeeland au service de son temps.
 

Refugees, 1946

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Williams, Pierce, "Preliminary Summary of Report on Refugees and Displaced Persons: An Urgent United Nations Problem."
Box 46

Trade unions, 1943

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Pamphlet published by the Mutual Defense League containing a speech and articles by Isidore Nagler relating to the role of labor in the struggle against fascism and the problems facing the international trade union movement.
Boxes 1, 44

Miscellany

 

General, 1941-1948

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlets, leaflets, ordinances, and other printed matter relating to various aspects of World War II and its aftermath, and reports (in German and in English) relating mainly to resistance activities in German-occupied Europe.
Box 46

Anti-fascist poem by Eolo Montevideo, 1944

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
 

Austria, undated

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Pamphlet published by Freiheit fur Osterreich, entitled Austria's Freedom Front: Manifesto of the Austrian Underground Movement.
Boxes 6, 101

Balkan Peninsula, 1941-1944

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Studies, reports, handbooks, maps, photographs, diagrams, and printed matter relating to the political, economic, social, and military conditions in the Balkans (Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, and Yugoslavia) and to the location of strategic power plants and industries in Yugoslavia. Includes two intelligence reports on the Cetnik and partisan resistance movements in Yugoslavia prepared for the Allied Military headquarters, Balkans, and one folder of photocopies of underground literature (in Slovenian and Serbo-Croatian) relating to resistance activities in Yugoslavia during World War II. Includes declassified records returned to file after February 2016 release by Hoover.
Box 46

Belgium

 

General, undated

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlet issued by the Belgian Information Center relating to the escape of two Belgian air officers to Great Britain by airplane and to conditions in Belgium.
Box 7

Underground movements

 

1939-1945

Scope and Contents note

Leaflets, posters, proclamations, press releases, underground literature, writings, and clippings. In French, Flemish, and English.
Box 8

1942-1945

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Proclamations and miscellany relating to the resistance movement in German-occupied Belgium during World War II and to the entry of Allied troops into Brussels in September 1944. In French, Flemish, and German.
Box 45

Burma

 

Burma Campaign, Japanese account

Language of Material: Japanese
Box 48

Burma Road, 1945

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlet relating to the Burma Road through the China-Burma-India Theater.
 

Occupation of Rangoon by the Imperial Japanese Army, circa 1942

Language of Material: Chinese

Scope and Contents note

Propaganda-style flyer announcing the "annihilation" of the American, British, Chinese and Dutch forces. Typed English translation is provided.
Box 46

Czechoslovakia

 

General, 1943

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Pamphlet issued by Inter-Allied Publications, entitled Unknown Country: The Story of Czechoslovakia.
Box 8

Underground movements, circa 1944, 1945

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Two leaflets (mimeographed in Czech) issued by the resistance movement in German-occupied Czechoslovakia, and a translation (printed) of a clandestine Czech resistance pamphlet, entitled Svejk in the Protectorate.
 

Denmark

 

General

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Leaflets relating to the resistance movement in German-occupied Denmark during World War II and to the post-war reconstruction of Denmark.
Box 53

Conditions, 1942 May - 1944 May

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Issues of The Danish Listening Post put out by the National America Denmark Association.
Boxes 8, 46

France

 

General, 1942-1946

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Pamphlets, leaflets, serial issues, and miscellany. Includes both pro-Vichy and pro-resistance propaganda, blank forms for travel permit requests used in German-occupied France, and a few post-war political items. In French and German.
Box 9

Refugees, 1943-1944

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Correspondence and memoranda relating to the transportation of Spanish refugees in the vicinity of Toulouse to Germany for forced labor.
Boxes 9-19

Resistance, 1940-1945

Language of Material: French

Scope and Contents note

Underground materials, including memoranda, instructions, orders, reports, letters, maps, charts, clandestine newspapers, bulletins, and leaflets, distributed by various resistance groups. Boxes 17-19 contain duplicates.
Box 19

Germany

 

General, 1934-1950

Language of Material: German

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlets, leaflets, serial issues, maps, manuals, and bulletins relating to Germany's participation in World War II and to its post-war status. Includes a few pre-war items relating to German fascism.
 

Administration of justice

Scope and Contents note

Miscellaneous lists, notes, and statistics relating to the administration of justice by German occupation authorities in the Netherlands during World War II. In German and Dutch.
Box 46

Armed Forces

 

General, undated

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Handbook describing the economic status and rights of the German soldier.
Box 22

Soldier's diary, 1944 May-September

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Holograph diary of an unidentified German soldier.
Box 54

Conditions

 

General, 1940 May - 1941 June

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Issues of News Flashes from Germany.
Box 19

Extracts from letters written by an unidentified anti-Nazi German, 1940

Box 46

Pamphlet by Erik Erikson, entitled Herrn Thomas Mann, relating to Thomas Mann and conditions in Germany during the war, undated

Boxes 20-22

Forced labor, 1936-1945

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Reports, memoranda, regulations, and miscellany relating to the importation and supervision of foreign workers in Germany during World War II. Includes some miscellaneous material relating to the structure of the Hitlerjugend and other Nazi organizations, and to Nazi racial ideology and historical and cultural outlook. See also: oversize Hitler Youth hierarchy diagram in map case.
Box 48

Foreign policy, 1942

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Pamphlet relating to German foreign policy from Otto von Bismarck to Adolf Hitler.
Box 22

Prisoners of war, 1946

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Photocopy of a typescript memoir authored by an unidentified German prisoner of war. Relates to conditions of imprisonment of German prisoners of war in Russia during World War II.
Box 48

Rearmament, 1942

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Pamphlet relating to Germany's secret air rearmament from 1919 to 1933.
Box 53

Reconstruction, 1945

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Pamphlets relating to prospects for democracy in post-war Germany and to industrial disarmament of aggressor states.
Box 48

Resistance

 

General, 1944, undated

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Flyers and pamphlets relating to resistance among the German people.
Box 46

National Committee "Free Germany," undated

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Pamphlet by Siegbert Kahn relating to the Committee's activities, particularly its radio broadcasts to the German people.
Box 22

Rote Kapelle

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Biographical notes relating to members of the German anti-Nazi resistance movement.
Box 48

War crimes

 

General, 1941-1944

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Pamphlets, correspondence, and clippings relating to war crimes committed in various German-occupied European countries and to Allied demands for reparations. In English and Polish.
Box 46

Nuremberg Trial, 1946

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Pamphlet by Stephen Gorski relating to German war crimes and the Nuremberg Trial.
Boxes 23-33

Great Britain

 

General, 1938-1946

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Pamphlets, serial issues, leaflets, bulletins, newsletters, maps, and posters relating to British politics, conditions in Great Britain during World War II, war aims, civil defense, the wartime economy, and post-war reconstruction. Includes issuances of various groups in Great Britain during the war.
Box 46

Armed Forces, undated

Language of Material: Portuguese

Scope and Contents note

Brochure relating to coastal defense operations by the British Air Force.
 

Civil defense, 1942

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Manual, entitled We Shall Fight in the Streets! Guide to Street Fighting.
Box 47

Prisoners of war, 1945?

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Pamphlet issued by the Allied Forces 21st Army Group entitled Guidance in Making Arrangements for Liberated British Prisoners of War.
Box 54

Greece

 

General, 1941

Scope and Contents note

The American Friends of Greece, Greece 1821-1941.
 

Conditions, 1942 May - 1946 July

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Issues of the Greek War Relief Newsletter, put out by the Greek War Relief Association.
Box 48

German occupation, 1942

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlet relating to war crimes committed in Greece by Germany, Italy, and Bulgaria.
Box 34

Resistance, 1941-1946

Scope and Contents note

Leaflets and pamphlets relating to the Greek resistance movement.
 

Hungary, 1945

Language of Material: Hungarian

Scope and Contents note

Holograph diary of an unidentified Hungarian soldier.
Box 54

Italy

 

General

Scope and Contents note

In Italian and English. Includes George A. Tesoro, The Bankruptcy of Fascist Economy through the Eyes of Italian Economists (1943).
 

Conditions, 1944 February-August

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Issues of Facts from Italy, put out by the Committee for a Democratic Foreign Policy.
Box 34

Simoni, Simone, 1944

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Clippings from Italian newspapers relating to the execution of S. Simoni, Italian Army General, by German occupation troops in Italy.
Box 46

Underground movements

 

Issue of Cronache della regione Lombardia, relating to underground movements in Lombardy, 1974 September-October

Language of Material: Italian
 

Four leaflets urging Italians and Romans in particular to rise against fascism and the German occupation, 1944

Language of Material: Italian
Box 43

Japan

 

Armed Forces

Scope and Contents note

Daily duty roster for some unidentified Japanese garrison quartered in an unknown location. Entries run from February 1 to 16.
Box 34

Diplomatic history, 1941 December 8

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Printed translation of the Japanese declaration of war on the U.S. and Great Britain.
 

Press

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Translations of articles from Japanese newspapers relating to world political, military, and diplomatic affairs during the first years of World War II.
 

Prisoners and prisons, 1942

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Proclamation issued by Japanese naval officials and relating to regulations for civilian prisoners of war captured at Wake Island and being transported from the island on Japanese naval vessels.
Box 101

War economy, 1944-1945

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Declassified records returned to file after February 2016 release by Hoover. Consists of two reports: "The Japanese Occupation Technique in the Field of Money and Banking," Foreign Economic Administration, Liberated Areas Branch, February 1944; and "Japan's War Economy, 1943-1944," Foreign Economic Administration, Special Areas Branch, Far East Enemy Division, February 1945. Also stamped Far Eastern Civil Affairs Training School at Stanford University.
Box 101

Korea, 1945 April 17

Scope and Contents note

Declassified records returned to file after February 2016 release by Hoover. Consists of a report, "Summary Industrial Survey of Korea," Foreign Economic Administration, Enemy Branch, Japanese Special Services Staff. Also stamped Far Eastern Civil Affairs Training School at Stanford University.
Box 54

Latin America, circa 1939-1942

Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian

Scope and Contents note

Mainly pro-Allied propaganda, especially from Mexico.
Box 34

Netherlands

 

General

 

Miscellaneous memorabilia, satirical postcards, proclamations, and press clippings, 1942-1945

Scope and Contents note

Relates to the course of World War II in the Netherlands, including the German occupation, Allied propaganda, Dutch press coverage of the war, the liberation of Amsterdam on May 5, 1945, and photocopies of Dutch underground literature (in Dutch).
Box 54

Ration cards

Box 34

Forced labor, 1942

Scope and Contents note

Three letters from Dutch workers transported to Germany for forced labor relating to working conditions in Germany.
 

German occupation

 

General, 1940-1945

Scope and Contents note

Proclamations, identification cards, registration forms and miscellany, issued by the German occupation authorities in the Netherlands, relating to regulations of the Dutch civilian population during World War II. In Dutch and German.
 

Administration of justice (see: Germany)

 

Liberation

Scope and Contents note

Proclamations issued by the Dutch and Allied military authorities relating to the entry of Allied troops into the Netherlands in 1945.
 

Prisoners of war

Language of Material: Dutch; Flemish

Scope and Contents note

Summaries of reports relating to the transportation of 2000 Dutch officers from the Netherlands to a prison camp in Germany in May 1942 and to living conditions in the camp.
 

Underground movements, 1944-1945

Language of Material: Dutch; Flemish

Scope and Contents note

Flyers, leaflets, proclamations, and newsletters.
 

Norway

 

General, 1939-1943

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies of letters to the editor of the San Francisco News, written by William Moler-Loswick and relating mainly to Norway during World War II.
 

Underground movements, circa 1940-1945

Scope and Contents note

Propaganda leaflets distributed by the resistance movement in German-occupied Norway during World War II. In German and Norwegian.
Box 35

Philippines, undated

Scope and Contents note

Photostats of reports, memoranda, letters, and orders pertaining to the guerrilla warfare of Chinese volunteers in the Philippines against the Japanese during World War II. In English and Chinese.
Box 36

Poland

 

General, 1942-1943

Scope and Contents note

Clippings from American daily newspapers and from Yiddish newspapers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, and South Africa relating to German atrocities in occupied Poland, persecution and extermination of Jews, activities of Polish emigre groups, and the case of Victor Alter and Henryk Erlich. In English and Yiddish.
Box 54

Army, 1941 December

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Leaflets urging Poles in the Soviet Union to join the Anders Army.
Box 48

German occupation, 1940-1944

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlets relating to conditions in occupied Poland, German atrocities, the persecution and extermination of Jews, the Polish underground army and various resistance groups, and the Warsaw Uprising.
Box 37

Underground movements, 1939-1944

Scope and Contents note

Proclamations, underground literature, other printed matter, and charts relating to events and conditions in German-occupied Poland, especially to Polish resistance movements. In English, Polish, and German.
Box 44

Romania, 1945

Scope and Contents note

One book illustrated with photographs depicting the air battle of Ploesti (1944 April 5 - August 19).
Box 37

Soviet Union

 

German occupation

 

General, 1941

Scope and Contents note

Proclamations relating to regulations imposed upon the civilian population by the German occupation authorities. In German, Russian, and Ukrainian.
Box 48

Ukraine, 1984

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlet relating to the invasion, occupation, and ultimate liberation of Ukraine in 1944.
Box 44

Resistance

Scope and Contents note

Anti-Nazi cartoons by various Soviet artists. Captions in Russian and English.
Box 46

Spain, 1946 April 17

Scope and Contents note

Printed statement by Oscar Lange, Polish ambassador and delegate for Poland to the United Nations Security Council, at the meeting of the Security Council in New York.
Boxes 54-56

United States

 

General, 1940-1946

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlets and newsletters relating to economic and social conditions in the United States and to the American government. Includes proceedings of the Eighth Pan American Child Congress, Washington, D.C., 1942 May 2-9.
Box 56

African-Americans, 1943-1946

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlets, conference proceedings, and newsletters. Includes issuances of the Congress of Racial Equality and the National Urban League.
Boxes 39-41, 46

Armed Forces

 

General, 1941-1945

Scope and Contents note

Printed matter, including manuals and guidebooks issued by the U.S. Army and Navy, and pamphlets and guidebooks relating to the U.S. Armed Forces issued by commercial publishers during World War II. Includes manuals, handbooks, and regulations issued by the War Department, and a report on radar capabilities released by the joint Board on Scientific Information Policy.
Box 48

Air Force, 1943, 1991

Scope and Contents note

Booklet, entitled Target Germany: The Army Air Forces' Official Story of the VIII Bomber Command's First Year Over Europe; and booklet relating to the Air Force's report on the special bombing missions over Japan, 1945 July 20 - August 14. In English and Japanese.
Box 43

Navy, 1944-1945

Scope and Contents note

Communications and printed matter relating to the end of World War II in the Pacific. Includes an admission ticket to the San Francisco plenary session of the United Nations Conference on World Organization.
Box 46

Foreign-born Americans, circa 1943, undated

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlet reprinting two speeches delivered at the Tenth Anniversary National Conference of the American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born, New York, 1943 October 30-31, relating to the contribution of foreign-born Americans to the war effort; and a pamphlet relating to Americans of German descent.
Box 56

Foreign policy

 

General, 1941 April 7

Scope and Contents note

Speech by Ernest W. Gibson, "Should Our Ships Convoy Arms to Britain?"
Boxes 42, 56

Neutrality, 1940-1942

Scope and Contents note

Speeches and leaflets relating to American neutrality. Includes a broadside reproducing a leaflet (printed) mailed by B. K. Wheeler, U.S. Senator from Montana, urging U.S. neutrality in World War II, and letters (typewritten) in reply from two soldiers who received copies of the leaflet; and a speech by Robert S. Field.
Box 56

Post-war period, 1944-1946

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlets relating to plans for post-war economic conversion and social adjustment.
Box 42

Prisoner of war camps, 1943-1944

Scope and Contents note

Reports, press releases, lists, and miscellany relating to conditions in prisoner of war camps in the U.S. during World War II and to the exchange of U.S. and Axis civilian nationals in captivity.
Boxes 38, 44

Miscellany, 1941-1946, 1965

Scope and Contents note

Relates to U.S. military activities and civil defense during World War II, including manuals, servicemen's newspaper issues, bulletins, newsletters, leaflets, letters to and from American soldiers, and a mimeographed transcript of an NBC television program, The Decision to Drop the Bomb.
Box 42

Yugoslavia, 1945

Scope and Contents note

Mimeographed typescript of the agreement between the Yugoslav government and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration relating to the provision of civilian relief in Yugoslavia at the end of World War II.
Map case

Oversize File, circa 1939-1945

Scope and Contents note

Charts, maps, and photocopies of instruments of surrender.
 

Hitler Youth hierarchy diagram (originally housed in box 22)

 

62 colored charts and maps

Scope and Contents note

Issued by the Comite d'Histoire de la 2eme Guerre Mondiale, concerning occupied France and illustrating the suffering of people and the actions of the resistance groups in France.
 

Photocopies of the instrument of surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers, 1945 September 2

 

18 maps outlining Allied and Axis positions in various parts of the world, mainly in Western Europe, 1944

Scope and Contents note

Includes a few post-war maps.
Memorabilia cabinet

Memorabilia, circa 1939-1945

Scope and Contents note

Military insignia, pair of horse's spectacles, pin, and office stamp.
 

Japanese military insignia for the ranks of major general, colonel, lieutenant colonel, and major in the Japanese Army

 

Pair of horse's spectacles

Scope and Contents note

Made in Luettringhausen concentration camp near Remscheid, Germany, by inmates in solitary confinement, during World War II. These spectacles were evidently used by General Rommel's horses in his North Africa offensive.
 

1 pin and 1 office stamp from the Nazi occupation government of Norway

Record cabinet

Sound Recordings, 1941, 1944

Scope and Contents note

Sound discs relating to the Burma Road and to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
 

Burma Road radio news broadcast relating to the re-opening of the Burma Road 1944

 

Sound recording of interviews with Americans in various parts of the U.S. on the evening war with Japan was declared, relating to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941 December 8

Scope and Contents note

Includes transcript.

Access note

Use copy reference number: xx740_a_0002800
Boxes 58-100

Incremental Materials

Scope and Contents note

This addition to the collection has not yet been described. Please let the Hoover Institution Archives know if you would like to see this material described. Contact us at hooverarchivesinfo@stanford.edu