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Soap acquired by a prisoner in Buna concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 1991.123.2

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    Soap acquired by a prisoner in Buna concentration camp

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Soap acquired by Herbert Kaller, a prisoner in Buna, a sub-camp of Auschwitz, in Poland in 1944.
    Date
    found:  1944
    Geography
    acquired: Monowitz (Concentration camp); Oświęcim (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Herbert Kalter. In memory of my parents, Oscar Kalter and Claire Kalter, and my brother Manfred Kalter.
    Contributor
    Subject: Herbert Kalter
    Biography
    Herbert Kalter was born in in 1926 in Leipzig, Germany. He was expelled from Germany to Zbaszyn, Poland, in 1938. He lived near the cemetery in Tarnów, Poland until he was sent to the Tarnów ghetto in 1943. He then was sent to the Szebnia labor camp and then to Płaszów concentration camp. In November 1943 he was sent with his father to Birkenau. His father died in the camp. Herbert was tattooed with the number 161306. On January 8, 1945, he was sent on a forced march to Buna, Buchenwald, Langenstein, and Zwieberge concentration camps. He was liberated with his brother by United States troops. He lived briefly in Paris after the war and, in 1946, emigrated to the US. He Is a specialist in sorting skins. Herbert first lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and then moved to Great Neck, N. Y. Herbert is married and has three children.

    Physical Details

    Object Type
    Soap (lcsh)
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 2.120 inches (5.385 cm) | Width: 3.620 inches (9.195 cm) | Depth: 1.380 inches (3.505 cm)
    Materials
    overall : soap

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The soap was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1991 by Herbert Kalter.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:21:33
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