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Metal box made by a slave laborer and engraved with camp names

Object | Accession Number: 1996.49.1

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    Metal box made by a slave laborer and engraved with camp names

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Metal box made by Joseph Koplewicz in Poland in a slave labor camp, and carried close to his body throughout the Holocaust. The box was engraved by Binem Grunstein, during the time period of the Holocaust, with camp names and dates. Mr. Grunstein survived and resided in Australia. He passed away in 2013.
    Date
    creation:  1943-1945
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joseph and Romana Koplewicz
    Markings
    engraved, on cover, with image of smoking pipe superimposed over image of life preserver, sea in center of life preserver, sailing ship on water
    Signature
    inside cover, engraved in to the metal "...Josef Koplewicz"
    Contributor
    Artisan: Joseph Koplewicz
    Engraver: William Grunstein

    Physical Details

    Language
    Polish
    Classification
    Containers
    Category
    Metal containers
    Physical Description
    Metal box, with lid, hinged to open on top, engraved inside and outside.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 2.640 inches (6.706 cm) | Width: 3.620 inches (9.195 cm) | Depth: 0.750 inches (1.905 cm)
    Materials
    overall : metal
    Inscription
    "verso: [bottom of box] "19-I-43 Mama i Dziunia?/19-I-43 Mielek Lipowski zash'zelany/Mielec 10-II-24-VII-44/Wieliczka 25-VII-1-VIII-44/[etched out inscription-illegible]/Flosenbuerg [sic] 4-9-VIII-44/Leitmeritz 10-VIII-19-X-44/Dachau 23-29-X-44/Augsburg 29-X-1-XII-44/Leonberg 1-XII-44-2-45/Kaufering 4-IV/" Lager 1 6-IX-45/"Lager 7 7-IV-45/Landau 10-IV-25-II-45/Landau 10-IV-25-IV-45/Ganacker/Eggenfelder/Bolek G./[at side] Lublin 24-30-IV-1943/Budzyn 30-IV-43-14 II-44/17-X-44 Wujazd/Kol. do Mathausen [sic]/VIII-42 Dzidek??/2-5-IV-45-Ewakuacja-Lemberg-Stuttgart-esslingen-Ulm-Kaufering

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The box was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1996 by Joseph and Romana Koplewicz.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-31 10:12:05
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