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Large, ribbed burlap covered trunk used by Jewish Czech inmates

Object | Accession Number: 1989.303.53

Large, brown burlap covered trunk used by Otto Bruml to carry his belongings when he was sent from Prague to Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp in December 1941 with his wife, Irma, parents, Anna and Jindrich, and siblings Anna and Karel. In September 1944, before Otto was deported to Auschwitz, he gave the trunk to his uncle Karel Fischer, who stamped it with 742, which had been Karel Bruml's transport number. Fischer was the camp railroad engineer and remained at Terezin until its liberation in early May 1945. After he returned to Prague, Fischer gave the trunk to Otto’s brother Karel, who used it when he left for the US in 1946. Prague was annexed by Nazi Germany in March 1939. Theresienstadt, 40 miles north of Prague opened in November 1941. Fischer was ordered to the camp in late November to build the rail spur from Bohusovice. Otto and his family arrived in December. On October 26, 1942, Otto’s parents and siblings were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. All but Karel were killed upon arrival. On December 28, 1944, Otto was deported to Auschwitz and, on January 22, 1945, sent to Buchenwald where he died prior to its April 1945 liberation. Karel survived Auschwitz III - Monowitz (Buna), Gleiwitz, Dora-Mittelbau (Nordhausen), and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, and was liberated on April 15. Karel 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. They left for the United States in 1946, where they married.

use:  1941 December-1944 September 24
manufacture:  approximately 1900-1925
received: Prague (Czech Republic)
use: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles and Hana Bruml
Record last modified: 2023-03-01 15:02:19
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