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Short video of the crew preparing for the Tank Demonstration Weekend - May 21st & 22nd. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a heads up to all visitors, on Saturday, June 4th, the American Heritage Museum will be closing early at 3:00pm for a private event taking place in the museum. We will be open normal hours on Sunday, June 5th. ... See MoreSee Less

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Coming up this weekend, May 21-22, is our first Special Event Weekend of the season... Tank Demonstration Weekend at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA! See the M4 Sherman and M24 Chaffee along with special demos by the M22 Locust, M18 Hellcat, and M26 Pershing at the American Heritage Museum. All three museum buildings will be open including the hangar and car museum! More information and tickets at: ow.ly/4JkV50J9cgZ ... See MoreSee Less

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Latest on the M36 Jackson restoration - Turret and gun have been sanded down and received a fresh coat of primer. ... See MoreSee Less

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If you didn't catch the feature on WBZ CBS Channel 4 in Boston yesterday, you can watch it online today at this link! Our sincere thanks to the WBZ | CBS Boston team and Kate Merrill WBZ for visiting! boston.cbslocal.com/2022/05/12/it-happens-here-hudson-american-heritage-museum-wbz-tv/At the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, the focus is not celebrating our conflicts but making sure we don't repeat the mistakes of the past. ... See MoreSee Less

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Liberation


M8 Greyhound
– USA | ARMORED CAR

Liberation of Europe

The final battles of the European Theater of World War II as well as the German surrender to the Allies took place in late April and early May 1945. WWII in Europe lasted six long years, from 1939 to 1945, with American participation from December 1941 to May 1945. Europe was freed from Nazi rule. World War II was the last great global war and has long functioned as the conflict by which all other wars are judged. It is a conflict often represented as an  archetypal struggle between good and evil, but it was also a war of clashing national and imperial interests, material production, reduced inhibitions to destruction on all sides, and terrible means ranging from deliberate starvation of civilian populations via sea blockades, to aerial destruction of hundreds of cities, to deliberate genocides, that by the end, saw 75 million people killed. For all that, the Liberation of western Europe was also a triumph of morality and justice over the most evil, ruthless, and criminal regimes of the 20th century. The Liberation is also an enduring lesson in collaboration and cooperation in wartime by a winning military and political coalition, which overcame internal quarrels and differences in a shared effort.

As the war neared its end in Europe Allies came across numerous Nazi concentration camps filled with sick and starving prisoners. In every camp we found appalling scenes and the bodies of thousands who either died of starvation or were murdered. Majdanek near Lublin, Poland was the first camp liberated in July 1944, by the Red Army (most of the Nazi death camps were built in the east, and so were liberated in 1944-1945 by the advancing Red Army of the Soviet Union). Germans tried to cover up their atrocities by demolishing the camp, but parts of the gas chambers were left standing. When the Soviets overran Auschwitz in January 1945, only a few hundred prisoners remained, the rest having been forced onto one of many ‘death marches’ so that they could not bear witness to what had been done. Nearly 1 million Jewish men, women and children were murdered here along with others that were deemed “sub-human” or “useless mouths” or “enemies of the state” by the Nazis.

American forces would liberate concentration camps including Buchenwald, Dora-Mittelbau, Flossenburg, Dachau and Mauthausen. The Mauthausen work camp was used for extermination through labor. Many prisoners died hauling massive blocks of stone up the “stairs of death.” On May 3rd, 1945. Allies neared Mauthausen and its nearby sub-camp Gusen. Most Nazi SS camp guards had fled. On May 5th, a reconnaissance unit from the US Army arrived and liberated over 40,000 prisoners. The scene of death and starvation sickened even the most hardened soldiers. General Dwight Eisenhower was so affected by what he witnessed at the Ohrdurf concentration camp on April 12th, 1945, he refused to meet with German General Alfred Jodl and his aid until after they signed the unconditional surrender document at his headquarters in Reims, France on May 7th, 1945.

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Saturday, January 29th - MUSEUM CLOSED DUE TO SNOWSTORM

The American Heritage Museum is closed today due to the Nor'easter snow storm currently being experienced in the region. We anticipate reopening on Sunday, January 30th from 10am to 5pm if all conditions improve.