Alois J. Liethen collection

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2008.334
1 Jan 1945 - 31 Dec 1945
Level of Description
  • English
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium



2 CDs,


Biographical History

Alois Joseph Liethen (1908-1961) was born in Appleton, Wisconsin to Englebert and Anna Liethen. He had six siblings: Marie, Rose, Frank, Henry, Andrew, and Robert. Alois married Gretchen Hofmann (1906-1985) in 1938, and they had three children: Michael, Stephen, and Philip. During World War II, Alois was in Germany and document Buchenwald and Ohrdruf after liberation. He also acted as a translator for General Eisenhower on his 12 April 1945 tour of Ohrdruf.

Archival History

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Michael A., Stephen S., and Philip C. Liethen, sons of Alois J. Liethen and Gretchen Hofmann Liethen

Michael, Stephen, and Philip Liethen donated their father's photographs to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in November 2008.

Scope and Content

Consists of 35mm negative film and positive prints taken by Alois J. Liethen after the liberation of the Ohrdruf and Buchenwald concentration camps and at the residence of Fritz Sauckel in Weimar. Mr. Liethen acted as a translator for General Eisenhower on his 12 April 1945, tour of Ohrdruf; the collection includes images of Eisenhower. Some photographs are captioned. Also includes two CDs, one containing scanned images of the photographs and the other containing scanned images of a letter written by Alois Liethen on 13 April 1945.




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