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White cloth badge with his prisoner number owned by a Belgian Jewish man deported to slave labor camps

Object | Accession Number: 2014.497.2

Prisoner badge stencilled 72704 belonging to Maurits Schenkkan who was imprisoned in several slave labor camps. Maurits, originally from Belgium, lived in the Netherlands with his Catholic German wife, Maria. Nazi Germany occupied the country in May 1940. Sometime later, Maurits was deported to Westerbork internment camp and then put on a train headed for Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. Before arriving in Auschwitz, the train stopped in Cosel sub-camp. Maurits and about 200 men were removed from the train. Maurits was then sent to a succession of slave labor camps: Anhalt, Graeditz, Langenbielau, Faulbrueck. He was liberated in Reichenbach slave labor camp in April 1945. He retuned to the Netherlands and was reunited with Maria. Maurits's parents, Levie and Rozetta, and his five siblings: Leendert, Esther, Clara, David, and Abraham all perished.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Roman Schenkkan
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:51:13
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