EAGLES NEST WAR BOOTY AND LT KEN JOHNSON ARCHIVE
Monogramed Adolph Hitler booty looted by Lt. Kenneth Johnson, one of the first GI's to enter Hitler's Eagle Nest just after the end of the war. Charles Snyder's "Treasure Trove: The Looting of the Third Reich" includes two photographs from this archive described as "US Paratroopers at the Eagle's Nest. Note all the glasses on the mantle and the hearth of the famous fireplace. Some are still half full of wine!" and the other photograph included in this archive is captioned by Synder as "Same GIs, sitting at a table. Note all the glasses on the table, and in the hand of the GI oto the right." Johnson, along with Sgt. Fred Butts and several other GIs where among the first to enter the untouched Kehlsteinhaus. According to Butts, they used the foot lockers of two lieutenants assigned directly to the war in the Pacific. Two of the monogramed crystal wine glasses, like those in the Lt. Johnson archive photos, are included in this archive. The stemmed glass has been repaired. There is a Wellner pattern eagle "AH" silver-plated serving tray, hallmarked "WELLMER 100". The archive also consists of Lt. Johnson's foot locker, photographs, medals, insignia, and ephemera from his war experience.