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Wool blanket found by a Jewish Lithuanian prisoner after escaping a death march

Object | Accession Number: 2003.174.1

Wool military blanket found by 30 year old Ber Miklin after he escaped a death march from Lauenburg, a subcamp of Stutthof concentration camp, in February 1945. When he found the blanket it was green, but Ber dyed it blue. He found two blankets and made a pair of pants from the other. Ber and his family lived in Latvia which was annexed by the Soviet Union in June 1940. After the German invasion of Latvia in June 1941, Ber and his family were imprisoned in the Jewish ghetto in Riga. In summer 1943, his father Motel and two married sisters, Lena and Zippora, were sent to nearby Kaiserwald concentration camp and killed. Ber and his brothers Philip and Dawid were sent to Stuffhof where his brothers perished. Ber was transferred to Burggraben and then Lauenburg subcamp. He escaped when it was evacuated in January 1945 by death march. The war ended in May 1945 and Ber left Soviet controlled Warsaw for Germany. He settled in Neu Freimann displaced persons camp where he married 20 year old Mirka Kestenberg in September 1946. Mirka was deported from Nowa Slupia, Poland, to Starochowice labor camp with her two sisters in October 1942. In December 1944, she was transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. In February 1945, she escaped during a train transport to Mauthausen. Both her sisters survived, but the rest of her family were killed in Auschwitz and Treblinka. Ber, Mirka, and their two year old son left for America in November 1949.

Date
1945 February  (found)
Geography
found : on death march; Poland
Classification
Furnishings and Furniture
Category
Household linens
Object Type
Blankets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marian Miklin
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:34
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