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Necklace of found materials made in a camp by an Austrian Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2006.355.2

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 Lodz, 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.

Date
1945 May-1946  (creation)
Geography
received : Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Oswiecim (Poland)
Language
French
Classification
Jewelry
Category
Necklaces
Object Type
Necklaces (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Renee Lang
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Record last modified: 2018-10-09 08:20:45
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