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Armband handstitched with a red cross and Star of David by a concentration camp inmate and nurse

Object | Accession Number: 2008.346.1

Armband worn by Annie Rose Levine while she was imprisoned in Auschwitz concentration camp. In June 1942, Annie, her husband, Benjamin, and their 4 children were deported by the Germans from Sered, Czechoslovakia, (Slovakia) to Auschwitz. In September, Benjamin was beaten to death by camp guards for saying the Kaddish over a dead bunk mate. In 1943, Annie began working as a nurse in the camp hospital. An SS section leader made her his private nurse. One day, he asked her to get a paper from a box beneath his bed. Also in the box was her husband’s wedding ring. That day, Annie secretly stitched the Star of David and her initials inside the armband, in memory of her husband, who would always be her shining star. Annie and one daughter, Evey, were the only family members who survived.

Date
1942-1945  (use)
Geography
use : Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Oswiecim (Poland)
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Armbands
Object Type
Armbands (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Nightingale Intitiative for Global Health
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:06
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