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Burlap purse made from a mattress cover by a Jewish Czech concentration camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1989.303.23

Brown burlap bag made from a mattress cover by Hana Mueller Schiff, 22, at Auschwitz and used there and at Kudowa-Sackisch slave labor camp, October 1944-May 1945. Hana was from Prague which, in March 1939, was annexed by Nazi Germany. Heydrich, SS Chief of RSHA, Reich Main Security, became Reich Protector in September 1941 and ordered the construction of a ghetto-labor camp in Terezin and on November 24, 1941, the first transports of Jewish prisoners reached the camp. On July 20, 1942, Hana’s parents Hedvika and Richard Mueller and her grandmother Marie Zappner were sent to the camp. On August 10, 1942, Hana and her husband Rudolf Schiff were transported. That October, Hana's parents were deported to Treblinka killing center. In December 1943, Hana's husband, with his parents and brother, was sent to Auschwitz and killed. On October 1, 1944, Hana was deported to Auschwitz, and then sent to Kudowa-Sackisch where she made airplane parts. She was liberated on May 5, 1945. Karel Bruml, 29, was sent to Terezin 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 tattooed and sent 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 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.

creation:  1944 September
use:  approximately 1944 September-1945 May
use: Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Oświęcim (Poland)
use: Kudowa-Sackisch (Concentration camp); Kudowa Zdroj (Poland)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles and Hana Bruml
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:10:13
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