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Wooden drafting triangle used by a Czech Jewish camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1989.303.16

Wooden right angle (45 degree) drafting triangle used by Karel Bruml when he worked as a printer and draftsman in the technical department at Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp from January-October 1942. It is also scratched with the name of his uncle Karel Fischer, an engineer in charge of railroad construction in the camp from November 1941-May 1945. Karel left this and other items with his uncle when he was deported. Karel and his uncle were from Prague, which, in March 1939, was annexed by Nazi Germany. On December 10, 1941, Karel, 29, his parents, Jindrich and Irma, his siblings, Anna and Otto, and Otto’s wife Irma were transported to Theresienstadt. On October 26, 1942, Karel’s parents and sister were selected for deportation and Karel volunteered to go with them. They were sent to Auschwitz, but separated during the journey. His parents and sisters were killed. Karel was tattooed and then force marched to Auschwitz III-Monowitz (Buna) where he painted numbers on prisoner uniforms. On January 18, 1945, as Soviet troops approached, Karel was sent to Gleiwitz, Dora-Mittelbau, and Bergen-Belsen where he was liberated on April 15, 1945. He returned to Prague and met his future wife, Hana Schiff Suk, as they both searched for news of their families, and found few survivors. Hana had survived Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and Kudowa-Sackisch camps. Charles and Hana left for the United States in 1946, where they married.

use:  1941 December-1945 May
use: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
manufacture: Prague (Czech Republic)
Tools and Equipment
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles and Hana Bruml
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:21:10
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