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Painted steel sign from Sobibor railroad station

Object | Accession Number: 1990.291.4

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    Brief Narrative
    Painted metal sign used to identify the railroad station in Sobibor, Poland, before and during World War II. In 1941, German authorities began preparations for Operation Reinhard, the systematic extermination of all Jews living in German occupied Poland. In March 1942, SS and police authorities began construction of Sobibor killing center, the second of three such facilities. The center was built in a wooded area near the town of Sobibor, along a spur of the existing Chelm-Wlodawa rail line. In May, regular train transports of Jewish people from German occupied regions began arriving at the center. The prisoners were herded off the trains and forced into a receiving area where they were stripped of their possessions, forced to undress, and pushed into rooms labeled as showers where they were killed with poison gas. In November 1943, the guards shot the remaining prisoners and dismantled the killing center. It is estimated that between 200,000 and 250,000 Jews were murdered at Sobibor.
    use:  after 1900-before 1946
    use: Sobibor (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Polish Railroad Authority
    Original owner: Polish Railroad Authority

    Physical Details

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    Physical Description
    Rectangular, painted steel sign with a rectangular, brown wood frame nailed to the back and an iron hanging bracket on one side. Sobibor is painted in uppercase black letters on a white background. The second hanging bracket is missing.
    overall: Height: 17.250 inches (43.815 cm) | Width: 68.000 inches (172.72 cm) | Depth: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm)
    overall : steel, iron, paint, wood

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    Administrative Notes

    The station sign was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990 by the Polish Railroad Authority.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2022-11-01 10:25:03
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