Bar of soap stamped RIF issued to an inmate of Auschwitz-Birkenau
1945 January-1945 April 23
Birkenau (Concentration camp);
Personal Equipment and Supplies
- Object Type
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margo Selby
Soap bar received by 21-year old Rudy Zelmanovics when he was imprisoned in Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland in 1945. Rudy was living in Nagybanya, Hungary, when it was occupied by German soldiers in March 1944. In early 1945, Rudy was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and tattooed with prisoner number A-13161. At the end of the month, the inmates were sent on a death march to Buchenwald. They arrived in March, but a few weeks later, were forced on another death march. Rudy and a few inmates escaped and found a place to hide. On April 23, 1945, they were discovered and liberated by American soldiers.
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Also in Margo and Rudolf Selby family collection
The collection consists of a bar of soap, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of the Rozsahegyi and Zelmanovics families in Hungary before and after the Holocaust and in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during the Holocaust.