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Metal bowl recovered from a concentration camp by a Polish Jewish man

Object | Accession Number: 1990.115.2

Metal bowl found on the site of the former Janowska Street concentration camp in L’viv, Ukraine (formerly Lwów, Poland, and Lemberg, under German occupation) in 1944 by Isak (later Eric) Hauser. After Isak acquired his master’s degree in engineering and moved to western Poland, his parents, sister, and brother relocated to the city of Lwów. In September 1939, both Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland. As German forces approached the oil fields in western Poland where Isak worked, he fled to Lwów which had been renamed L’vov, and incorporated into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, part of the Russian-dominated Soviet Union. There, he briefly joined his family, met, and married his wife, Luise. Isak could not find work in L’vov, so he and Luise headed to Borislav, where he had extended family. There, he became a manager in the Borislav power plant, and worked as the head of a workshop that made shovels for the German army. On July 1, 1941, the German army occupied Borislav (which became Boryslaw). Isak and Luise managed to hide during the Aktions aimed at the Jewish population, and in November 1942 were forced into a labor camp. They escaped the camp in late spring 1944, and hid until Boryslaw was liberated by the Soviet army on August 7. They then travelled to Lwów, where Isak’s family had been forced from the ghetto into the Janowska Street labor camp for the SS German Armament Works. His family was likely killed in 1943, when the ghetto and camp were liquidated. The couple settled in Munich, Germany, until they immigrated to the United States in October 1949.

Date
found:  after 1944 August 07-1944 December 31
Geography
found: Janowska (Concentration camp); Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Classification
Household Utensils
Category
Tableware
Genre/Form
Bowls (Tableware)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eric Hauser
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Record last modified: 2019-08-19 09:51:45
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