Necklace of found materials made in a camp by an Austrian Jewish woman
Auschwitz (Concentration camp);
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Renee Lang
Necklace created by Renee Konstandt, 18, from materials she saved while imprisoned in Auschwitz and other camps during and immediately after the war ended in May 1945. The ID tag used in the necklace was given to her by a friend in Auschwitz. In October 1941, Renee's parents were deported from Vienna, Austria, to the Jewish ghetto in Łódź, Poland. Due to a clerical error, Renee and her older brother, Raoul, 20, were not put on the transport. They were deported in January 1941 to Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp. In May 1944, they were sent to Auschwitz, where they were separated. Renee was sent to Neuengamme. In March 1945, she was sent to Bergen-Belsen where she was liberated on April 15, 1945, by British forces. She returned to Vienna to search for her family, but no one had survived. With the help of an uncle in Philadelphia, she emigrated to the United States in 1947.
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Also in This Collection
The Renée Lang papers contain biographical materials, correspondence, and photocopies of restitution paperwork documenting Renée Konstandt Lang’s family, their experiences in Austria and in various concentration camps after the Anschluss, the deaths of Lang’s parents and brother in Łódź, Dachau, Schwarzenberg, and possibly Auschwitz and Lang’s efforts to obtain restitution. Biographical materials document the lives of Hugo, Olga, and Raoul Konstandt and Renée Lang and include birth certificates, marriage certificates, citizenship records, passports, certificates of deportation, and a membership card for the Union of Concentration Camp Prisoners. Correspondence includes two 1942 postcards between Renée and her parents in the Łódź ghetto, a 1946 telegram from a friend of her parents, and two 1961 letters regarding the possibility of restitution. Restitution paperwork includes photocopies of documents regarding Jewish property taxes paid by her parents and her father’s imprisonment at Dachau in 1938 and 1939.