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Woman's engraved gold wrist watch given to one inmate by another in Auschwitz

Object | Accession Number: 2009.119.2

Gold and silver engraved wrist watch given to 22 year old Esther (Edit) Schaechter in Auschwitz concentration camp around January 1945. The person who gave Esther the watch told her that she knew that Esther was going to survive and she wanted it preserved. Esther kept the watch through the death march to and imprisonment in Bergen-Belsen. Esther had been arrested by the Germans with false papers in Budapest in 1944 where she was active with the Zionist youth movement resistance activities. She was sent to Auschwitz in June 1944, given the number A-10 674, and selected for work duty as a seamstress. In January 1945, Soviet forces arrived in the area and the camp inmates were sent on a death march to Bergen-Belsen. They were liberated by the British Army on April 26, 1945. Esther searched for her family after the war and found her sister, Zipporah, in Budapest. She learned that the rest of her family had been killed, most of them in March 1944, when they were sent to the gas chambers in Auschwitz. In 1946, Esther immigrated to Palestine where her remaining brother, Yossi, had fled in 1938.

Date
approximately 1945 January  (received)
Geography
received : Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Oswiecim (Poland)
Language
French
Category
Timepieces
Object Type
Wrist watches (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Vardi
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:41
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