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Stainless steel fork with SS runes acquired by a Lithuanian Jewish concentration camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1998.130.1

Table fork with an SS officer school stamp owned by Getzel Fingerhut. It is unclear when he acquired it, but most likely it was after his liberation from Kaufering X slave labor camp, also called Dachau 10, where he was imprisoned from August 1944 to April 1945. In August 1941, Getzel, 19, and his family were interned in the ghetto in German occupied Siauliai, Lithuania. Getzel worked in a series of forced labor camps until July 1944, when the ghetto residents were deported to Stutthof concentration camp. Getzel, his father, Josef, and his brother, Eliahu were then transferred to Kaufering 10. Getzel worked repairing locomotives and machines. The camp was evacuated by death march in April 1945. The prisoners were used by the German guards as shields against Allied bombers. Getzel, Josef, and Eliahu, and the other prisoners were liberated by US troops on April 30, near Wolfranhausen, Germany. They were re-settled in Feldafing displaced persons camp.

found:  approximately 1945
manufacture: Wurttemberg (Germany)
found: Germany
Household Utensils
Object Type
Forks (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of George J. Fine
Record last modified: 2023-06-22 09:03:40
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