Inscribed wooden box labelled Breslau bought by a Polish youth after his escape from forced labor
- Object Type
Wooden boxes (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Zbigniew A. Piotrowski
Wooden box with inscriptions acquired by Zbigniew Antonii (Tony) Piotrowski following his escape from a forced labor camp in Breslau, Germany, in Decebmer 1944. The box has the word Breslau" and a shield design.
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Also in Zbigniew Antonii Piotrowski collection
The collection consists of a forced labor badge, a wooden box, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of Zbigniew Antonii Piotrowski and his family before and during World War II in Torun, Gdynia, and Warsaw, Poland, where their father Antonii was executed, Zbiginiew and his brother Tony's experiences as forced laborers in Germany, their sister Halina's internment in Majdanek concentration camp, and the brothers' emigration to the United States following the end of the war.
Date: approximately 1944
The Zbigniew Antonii Piotrowski papers consist of biographical materials and photographs documenting Zbigniew Piotrowski, his family’s life in Toruń and Gdynia, Poland, before World War II, and in Warsaw during the war, his father’s furniture workshops, his service on the MS Batory after the war, his immigration to the United States, and his service in the US Army Signal Corps in the 1950s.
Forced labor badge, yellow badge with a purple P, worn Zbigniew Antonii (Tony) Piotrowski to identify him as a Polish forced laborer in Breslau, Germany in 1944. German regulations required the workers to wear the badge with the purple band visible around the P on the right chest to keep them separate from the German populace. During the German occupation of Poland, September 1939-January 1945, many non-Jewish Polish people were sent to Germany as conscript labor.