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Concentration camp uniform jacket with badge worn by a Lithuanian Jewish inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1998.130.3

Striped concentration camp uniform jacket issued to Getzel Fingerhut, 22, as a replacement for his oil slicked jacket, while interned in Kaufering X slave labor camp, known as Dachau 10, from August 1944 to April 1945. Getzel was an oiler for a diesel shovel and when his jacket got covered in grease and oil ca. November, his German boss requested this one for him. He wore this jacket for 5 or 6 months, over his oily jacket, to keep warm. He made the number patch 92041, a copy of the one on his old jacket, because he would be punished if he had no identifying badge. There was only one German worker, so Getzel also operated the shovel and worked 2-3 shifts at a time. Most of the prisoners were Lithuanian Jews from Getzel's home town, Siauliai, in German occupied Lithuania. In August 1941, Getzel and his family were interned in Siauliai ghetto. Getzel was in a series of forced labor camps until July 1944, when the ghetto residents were deported to Stutthof. Getzel, father Josef, and brother Eliahu were then transferred to Kaufering 10. The camp was evacuated by death march in April 1945. The prisoners were used by the German guards as shields against Allied bombers. They were liberated by US troops on April 30, near Wolfranhausen, and re-settled in Feldafing displaced persons camp.

Date
1944 November-1944 December  (issue)
approximately 1944 October-1945 May  (use)
Geography
issue : Kaufering X (Concentration camp); Utting am Ammersee (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Jackets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of George J. Fine
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:46
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