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Wooden tile withTerezin coat of arms made by a Czech Jewish inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1989.303.19

Ornament with the Terezin shield made by Jiri Lauscher. It is similar to crafts he made while working in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp, but the date this piece was made is unknown. At some point after the war, he gave the tile to his cousins Hana and Charles Bruml, both former camp inmates. Jiri and Karel worked together in the camp technical department. They were all from Prague which, in March 1939, was annexed by Nazi Germany. In December 1942, Jiri, his wife Irma, and daughter Michaela, 5, were sent to Theresienstadt, where they were liberated in early May 1945. Jiri and family returned to Prague and discovered that most of their relatives had been killed in German concentration camps. Karel was sent to the camp in December 1941 with his parents, Jindrich and Irma, sister Anna, and brother Otto and his wife. On January 11, 1942, Karel volunteered to be deported with his parents and sister. They were sent to Auschwitz; his family was killed and Karel was transferred to Auschwitz III-Monowitz (Buna). In January 1945, Karel was sent to Gleiwitz, Dora-Mittelbau, and Bergen-Belsen where he was liberated on April 15. Hana and husband Rudolf Schiff were sent to Terezin in August 1942. Rudolf was deported to Auschwitz in December 1943 and killed. In October 1944, Hana was deported to Auschwitz, and then sent to Kudowa-Sackisch slave labor camp were she was liberated in April 1945. Hana and Karel met in postwar Prague while searching for news of their families. They found few survivors. Karel and Hana left for the United States in 1946, where they married.

Geography
received : Prague (Czech Republic)
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Woodwork
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles and Hana Bruml
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:41
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