Engraved silver trophy cup won by a Polish Jewish refugee in a sports tourney at Bergen-Belsen DP camp
Belsen (Bergen, Celle, Germany)
- Object Type
Trophies (objects) (aat)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Isaac Kraicer
Engraved trophy awarded to 21 year old Icek Krajcer in 1946 in the displaced persons camp on the site of the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. He won the high and long jump event in an athletic competition for which the Jewish Brigade, a Palestinian unit within the British Army, issued trophies to the Hebrew Youth of Bergen Belsen. After Germany occupied Poland in September 1939, Icek, his parents, Lejzor and Golda, and his younger brothers, Michal and Szyja Fawel, were forced into the sealed Jewish ghetto in Gostynin. Icek was rounded up twice for forced labor, and escaped both times. In February 1942, he fled the ghetto with his uncle Itche who returned to Gostynin. Icek eventually ended up in Lowicz, where he assumed the identity of a non-Jewish Pole and was sent to do forced labor in Germany. In April 1945, the area was liberated and Icek resumed his true identity. He went to the DP camp in Bergen, where he assisted Bricha in illegally smuggling Jews out of eastern Europe. He met his future wife, Rachel Struczanski, a survivor from Lithuania in the camp amd they emigrated to Palestine in 1947. No other members of Icek's family survived the Holocaust.
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Also in Isaac Kraicer collection
The collection consists of a trophy and photographs relating to the experiences of Icek Krajcer (Isaac Kraicer) and his family before and during the Holocaust in Zychlin and the ghetto in Gostynin, Poland, and to Icek's experiences after the Holocaust in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in Germany and then in Palestine.
Consists of 27 photographs depicting the Kraicer family before the war in Żychlin, Poland and during the war in the Gostynin ghetto, Poland; of Icek Krajcer, the donor, during the war while posing as a non-Jewish Pole using the alias Stanisław Góralczyk, while in forced labor in Minden and Porta, Germany; and of the donor and others in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp, Germany. Also included is a wedding portrait of Isaac and Rachel Kraicer, dated 28 October 1947, in Kiryat Chaim, Palestine, and a 1938 group portrait of memgers of the Jewish Zionist youth organization Dror He'halutz Ha'tzair in Gostynin, Poland. Some photographs are labeled in Hebrew and English; the majority of the collection consists of formal family photographs.