Jacob Birnbaum papers
The Jacob Birnbaum papers consist of an identification card documenting Jacob Birnbaum’s status as a concentration camp survivor and letters Jacob wrote to Rose (Róża) Strzegowska (later Rose Rothschild), an inmate at the women’s camp, while both were imprisoned at Langenbielau concentration camp, a sub-camp of Gross-Rosen, during the Holocaust. Birnbaum had been exchanging letters with Rose’s twin sister, Eve (Ewa), until Eve became too sick to write. Jacob’s letters describe the terrible living and working conditions at Langenbielau, insufficient food and his efforts to obtain more food, and the laundry that he sends to Rose for cleaning, and they encourage Rose to stay strong and to visit him during a coffee delivery her camp would make to his camp. The letters are written on scraps of paper and the backs of factory reports or forms. Four of the letters are accompanied by English translations.
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