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Aluminum ring with a letter and prisoner number owned by a Yugoslav political prisoner

Object | Accession Number: 2011.174.4

Engraved aluminum ring that belonged to 29 year old Ivan (Johann) Bole, who was imprisoned in Buchenwald concentration camp from November 1944 - April 1945. It is engraved with a J (Jugoslawisch) and an inverted triangle, the symbols Ivan was labelled with to identify him as a Yugoslavian political prisoner. Ivan, a Catholic, was a lawyer in Laibach, Yugoslavia (Ljubljana, Slovenia) when the Axis powers, led by Nazi Germany, invaded in April 1941. Laibach was annexed by Italy. Ivan went to Venice with the Slovenian Red Cross. In September 1944, he was arrested by the German SS for smuggling a radio transmitter into Trieste. In November, Ivan was sent to Buchenwald in Germany and assigned prisoner number 67186. He was assigned to work commando A6 in Wanz-leben am See. The camp was liberated on April 11, 1945, by US troops. Germany surrendered on May 7. Ivan lived as a displaced person in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and emigrated to America in 1950.

Date
approximately 1945 April  (use)
Language
German
Classification
Jewelry
Category
Rings
Object Type
Signet rings (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lorraine DeMaio
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:46
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