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Clay crematorium tag stamped 5781

Object | Accession Number: 2012.457.1

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    Clay crematorium tag stamped 5781

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    Brief Narrative
    Clay disc, stamped with the number 5781, of the type that was placed with the body of deceased inmates to be able to identify the ashes after cremation. The numbers on the tags did not correspond to prisoner numbers. Produced in large quantities, not all the tags were used. Little is known about the origins of this clay tag. It was recovered by a retired United States Army colonel, identity unknown, shortly after his division liberated an unknown concentration camp in Germany. Similar discs were used at Dachau, Majdanek, Sachsenhausen, and Theresienstadt concentration camps.
    found:  approximately 1945 May
    found: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of John Birkelbach
    front, center, imprinted : 5781

    Physical Details

    Identifying Artifacts
    Object Type
    Name tags (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Circular, white, clay tag with a coarse, cracked surface. It has an oblong recess in the center with an imprinted 4 digit number, and a hole near the top. The back has a blank, oblong recess.
    overall: Height: 0.625 inches (1.588 cm) | Diameter: 2.375 inches (6.033 cm)
    overall : clay

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    Administrative Notes

    The crematorium tag was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2012 by John Birkelbach.
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    2022-11-10 15:44:04
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