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Concentration camp uniform jacket and pants worn by a Catholic Polish prisoner in several camps
1942 September-1945 April
|Accession Number||2006.404.1 a-b|
Auschwitz (Concentration camp);
use : Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
use : Dora (concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
|Brief Narrative||Striped jacket and pants worn by Mieczyslaw Lewicki during his imprisonment in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald, and Dora-Nordhausen concentration camps from September 15, 1942-April 9, 1945. Nineteen year old Mieczyslaw, a Catholic, was arrested in Radom, Poland, on September 1, 1942, for taking food to Jews in the ghetto who worked at his family's shoe factory. He was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp where the uniform was issued and a mug shot taken. On August 15, 1944, he was transferred to Buchenwald in Germany. He was then sent to Dora-Nordhausen slave labor camp where he worked in a V-2 missiles factory. He was liberated by the US Army on April 9, 1945. He was transferred to Heilbrunn displaced person’s camp after the war where he met an American Red Cross nurse who eventually became his wife. They left Europe for New York in July 1947. Lewicki did not talk much about his experiences and kept the uniform in storage until September 25, 1993, when he brought it out, along with his mug shot from Auschwitz, to protest a neo-Nazi and White Pride march in his adopted hometown of Auburn, New York.|
|Provenance||The uniform was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2006 by Jane Lewicki and Mitchell Lewicki, the children of Mitchell Lewicki.|
|Legal Status||Permanent Collection|
Clothing and Dress
Concentration camp uniforms
a : 27.750 x 20.000 in. (70.485 x 50.8 cm.)
b : 39.500 x 15.750 in. (100.33 x 40.005 cm.)
a : cotton, wool, synthetic fiber, plastic
b : cotton, wool, linen, metal
Concentration camp inmates--Poland--Biography.
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Polish.
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons.
|Conditions on Access||No restrictions on access|
|Conditions on Use||No restrictions on use|
|Credit Line||United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jane Lewicki and Mitchell Lewicki|
a. Blue and gray, vertically striped, cotton jacket with 5 plastic buttons. There is a pocket on the left breast and at each hip. The jacket has a collar, shoulder pads, long sleeves, and a satin-like cloth lining. A cloth coat hook is at the neck
b. Blue and gray, vertically striped, cotton trousers. The waistband has 4 belt loops lined with linen. There are seam pockets on each hip, lined with green cloth, and sewn shut. There is darting at the waist. The trouser fly has 4 metal buttons; 3 are hidden and 1 exposed. The crotch is reinforced on the outside. There is a lined, flap pocket with a button hole on the back right, sewn shut.
|Link to Collection||
Mitchell Lewicki collection
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