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Engraved silver trophy cup won by a Polish Jewish refugee in a sports tourney at Bergen-Belsen DP camp

Object | Accession Number: 2000.291.2 a-b

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.

Date
1946 April  (received)
Geography
received : DP-Camp Bergen-Belsen; Belsen (Bergen, Celle, Germany)
Language
Hebrew
Classification
Awards
Category
Sports awards
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Isaac Kraicer
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:50
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