Dinner knife used by sisters who were interned in a series of concentration camps
- Object Type
Table knives (aat)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Weiss
Table knife used by sisters Esther and Helen Mermelstein as prisoners in a series of concentration camps. Originally from Cinadievo, Czechoslovakia, the sisters were deported in April 1944 to Munkacs Ghetto in German occupied Hungary. In June, they were deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where they were selected as slave labor for the munitions factory Christianstadt, a subcamp of Gross Rosen, and then to Bergen-Belsen in Germany. They were liberated there by the British Army on April 15, 1945 and sent to Karlstad, Sweden, to recuperate.
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:26:36
This page: https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn109042
Also in Helen Mermelstein and Esther Mermelstein Weiss collection
The collection consist of a knife, documents, a journal, and photographs relating to the experiences of Esther and Helen Mermelstein, sisters, before and during the Holocaust when they were deported from Cinadievo, Czechoslovakia, to Munkacs Ghetto, and then to a series of concentration camps until liberated in Bergen Belsen and after the Holocaust in Karlstad, Sweden.
The collection includes a journal, documents, and photographs illustrating the experiences of sisters Esther and Helen (b. 1918) Mermelstein, born in Cinadievo, Czechoslovakia (currently Ukraine) and deported to the Munkacs ghetto in April 1944. In June 1944 they were sent to a series of concentration camps including Auschwitz, munitions factory Christianstadt, a sub-camp of Gross Rosen, in Poland, and Bergen-Belsen in Germany where they were liberated. They were then sent to Karlstad, Sweden to recuperate. The journal is a multi-page letter from Helen to brother Heshkel [Alexander] and the photographs were taken pre-war in Sweden.