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Tall white wooden wardrobe used at Dzierzazna concentration camp for children

Object | Accession Number: 1990.290.1

White upright storage cabinet used to store goods at Dzierzazna prison camp for Polish children in a district of Lodz, (Litzmannstadt), Poland, circa March 1943 - July 1944. The prefabricated wardrobe was manufactured in Germany and put together using assembly instructions. Dzierzazna opened on January 12, 1943, as a subcamp of the Polish Juveniles Camp of the Security Police. The SS had a Lebensborn (Fountain of Life) program that urged SS and Wehrmacht soldiers to have at least four children, in or out of wedlock, to grow an elite Nazi Aryan population. By 1939, non-Aryan mothers were acceptable. In eastern occupied countries, children who appeared to meet Nazi racial criteria, such as blond hair and blue eyes, were taken, often forcibly, from their families. After another selection, some were sent to Germany to be indoctrinated; others were sent to camps such as Dzierzazna. Lodz Ghetto was liquidated in summer 1944. The camp closed July 31, its inmates sent to extermination or concentration camps.

Date
1943 March-1944 July 31  (use)
approximately 1943 March  (manufacture)
Geography
use : Dzierzazna (Concentration camp); Dzierzazna (Zgierz, Lodz, Poland)
manufacture : Bielitz (Germany) historic; Biesko-Biala (Poland)
Classification
Furnishings and Furniture
Category
Furniture
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:26
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