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Charred electrical insulator from Auschwitz found by a Sinti inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1987.75.1

Partial charred porcelain electrical insulator from Auschwitz concentration camp acquired postwar by Hans Braun, a German Sinti (Gypsy) man who was imprisoned there with his family from March 1943 to May 1944. It was the type used to connect electrical wires to the concrete fence posts around the camp. In early 1940, Hans, a forced laborer, broke a machine at a factory and was accused of sabotage. The Gestapo came after him and he fled Bernau and went into hiding. Hans was arrested twice, but escaped, until March 1943, when he was deported to Auschwitz, where he was reunited with his family in the Gypsy camp. Hans was infected with typhus for a medical experiment. In May 1944, he was transported to Flossenberg in Germany, and in January 1945, to Altenhammer. On April 16, Hans was sent on a death march. On the fourth night, he escaped after he heard rumors that the prisoners were to be killed. The next day, he was liberated by American soldiers. His entire family, parents, grandparents, and 10 siblings, perished, most killed or starved to death in Auschwitz.

Date
approximately 1940 June-approximately 1945 January  (use)
Geography
found : Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Oswiecim (Poland)
Classification
Tools and Equipment
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hans Braun
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:47
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