By mid-May 1945, allied troops and Obersalzberg locals had stripped the inner circle homes of silverware and the most valuable souvenirs. Now it was time to plunder everyday household objects and furnishings.
Marlin Beloott of 3rd Army, 103rd Division, 328th Combat Engineer Battalion arrived in the area on May 21, where he visited the homes of Hermann Göring and Adolf Hitler and set about removing several artefacts.
His souvenirs included a coloring book belonging to Göring’s daughter, Edda, and labeled in her own handwriting. He also removed a towel rail from Göring’s bathroom, plus a light switch and wooden ventilation cover from the Berghof. Each item bears a handwritten label, placed there by Beloott at the time or shortly after.