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Woman’s lab coat owned by a Czech Jewish inmate while a nurse in Theresienstadt

Object | Accession Number: 2001.3.3

White, now stained, lab coat used by Hana Mueller Schiff, while a prisoner in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp where she was a nurse in the infectious disease hospital ward from August 1942 - October 1944. In March 1939, Nazi Germany annexed Prague. Hana, 21, and her husband Rudolf Schiff, 23, were transported on August 10. Hana’s parents were deported to Treblinka killing center in October 1942. Her husband, his parents Richard and Marta, and brother Karel were sent to Auschwitz and killed in December 1943. On October 1, 1944, Hana was deported to Auschwitz, and then sent to Kudowa-Sackisch slave labor camp in Poland where she worked in an airplane factory. She was liberated on May 5, 1945, and returned to Prague. While searching for surviving family members, Hana met Karel Bruml. He had survived Terezin, Auschwitz, Auschwitz III-Monowitz (Buna) and death marches to Gleiwitz, Dora-Mittelbau, and Bergen-Belsen, where he was liberated on April 15. Hana and Karel found few survivors. They left for the United States in 1946, where they married.

use:  after 1942 August-before 1944 October
use: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Clothing and Dress
Women's clothing
Object Type
Coats (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Hana Bruml
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:15:09
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