Medallion for the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps received by a former child inmate
2010 April 11
Meissen (Saxony, Germany)
issue: Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
- Object Type
Porcelain medals (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Steven Fenves
Commemorative Meissen white porcelain medallion received by Steven Fenves, who was a 13 year old inmate of Buchenwald concentration camp when it was liberated by US troops on April 11, 1945. The medallion was issued in 2010 for the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps. Steven and his family were deported from Yugoslavia after the invasion by Nazi Germany in March 1944. His father, Lajos, was deported in April to Auschwitz; Steven, his mother, Klari, his 15 year old sister, Estera, and his maternal grandmother were deported in June to Auschwitz-Birkenau. His mother and grandmother were gassed upon arrival. Steven was used by the camp kapos as an interpreter. In October, as conditions worsened, the kapos smuggled him onto a transport to Niederorschel where he was a slave laborer in an aircraft factory. On April 1, 1945, inmates went on a death march to Buchenwald. After liberation, Steven returned to Subotica. He was reunited with his sister and his father, who died in February 1946, from the effects of his forced servitude in the Silesian coal mines. Steven and Estera came to the US in 1950, with the assistance of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
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Also in Steven Fenves collection
The collection consists of a booklet, medallion, and photograph commemorating the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps on April 11, 2010, received by Steven Fenves, who was a child inmate at Buchenwald when it was liberated in April 1945.
The Steven Fenves papers consists of materials related to the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald and Dora-Mittelbau concentration camps. The papers include a commemoration booklet published in German and English by the Stiftung Gedenkstätten Buchenwald and Dora-Mittelbau, containing photographs, statements by public officials, and the itinerary for the commemorative events. Also included is a color photograph of survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp who attended the 65th anniversary events, April 11, 2010.