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Concentration camp uniform jacket with a red triangle issued to a Polish Jewish inmate

Record Type:
Object
Date:
1944  (issue)
Accession Number:
1994.55.2
Geography:
issue : Flossenburg (Concentration camp); Flossenburg (Germany)
Brief Narrative:
Jacket issued to Edmund Graf in the concentration camp Flossenberg in Germany in 1944; a friend, who worked in the tailor shop, gave him the numbered label.
Provenance:
The jacket was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1994 by Edmund Graf.
Classification:
Clothing and Dress
Object Type:
Jackets (lcsh)
Dimensions:
overall : 26.875 x 17.375 in. (68.263 x 44.133 cm.)
Inscription:
front, left chest, patch, stenciled, black paint : P 14811
interior collar, hanging loop, handwritten, black ink : WK
Materials:
overall : wool, cloth, plastic, metal, thread, paint, ink
Conditions on Access:
No restrictions on access
Conditions on Use:
No restrictions on use
Contributor:
Subject : Edmund Graf
Biography:
Edmund Graf was born in Lvov [Lemberg], Ukraine, in 1919. The family relocated to Dabrova Tarnowska, near Krakow. Edmund was taken to Pustkow by Debica around 1941. He was then sent to Mielec, where he worked in the Ernst Hein Airplane factory from 1943-1944. As the Soviet Army approached, the camp inmates were evacuated to the salt mines in Wieliczka. Edmund was then transported to Plaszow, until evacuated to Flossenberg, where he was slave labor for Altenhammer Stich, and then Messerschmitt. Edmind was liberated in Flossenberg's main camp on April 23, 1945. His wife, Malvina Kleinberger Graf, was born in Krakow, Poland, During the German occupation, she wassent to Lvov, then back to Krakow. She was later transported to Plaszow and was liberated at Allach, the Dachau sucamp, in April 1945 by American troops.
Credit Line:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Edmund Graf
Funding Note:
The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Physical Description:
Blue and gray, vertically striped, hip length coarse heavyweight cloth jacket with long sleeves and a pointed, double layer collar with zig-zag reinforcement stitching and a black painted hook and eye closure. The front opening has plackets on both sides with 5 black plastic buttons on the right and 5 finished buttonholes on the left. On each side, near the waist is a patch pocket with a strip of blue cloth on the interior, creating faux piping across the top edge. On the interior neck band is a brown cloth hanging loop. The armhole seams have gray cloth binding and the plackets are lined with gray and blue striped cloth. The hems and seams are machine finished. Both sides have an added seam on the side where they may have been altered. Handstitched to the left breast is a rectangular, white cloth prisoner patch with a black painted uppercase P over a faded, inverted red triangle, with 14811 stenciled in black beside it.
 
Record last modified: 2016-08-23 16:32:39
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