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White blouse made for an infant born in a concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 1996.20.2

Infant's shirt made for Hanna Berger, who was born on April 12, 1945, in Freiberg slave labor camp, a Flossenburg subcamp. The shirt was made from rehabilitated material in Mauthausen concentration camp. Her mother Priska was deported to Auschwitz in 1944. After she told Dr. Mengele that she was not pregnant. she was sent to Freiberg. In early April 1945, as Soviet and US troops advanced, the camp was evacuated. Hanna was born not long before she and her mother were loaded on a cattle car and sent to Austria, arriving at Mauthausen on April 29. The camp was liberated on May 5, 1945, by the 11th Armored Division. One of the American soldiers, Pete Petersohn, went into the women's camp and found Hanna with her mother. She had infected boils and Petersohn got her treated by the Division Medical Officer, Major Harold Stacy. Hanna and Priska later emigrated to the United States. Hanna reunited with her rescuer in 2005 at the 60th commemoration of the camp's liberation.

Date
approximately 1945 April  (creation)
Geography
creation : Mauthausen (Concentration Camp); Mauthausen (Austria)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Blouses (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hana Berger Moran
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:02
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