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Concentration camp uniform cap worn by a Jewish Latvian inmate in Stutthof

Object | Accession Number: 2003.174.2

Concentration camp uniform cap worn by Ber Miklin while a prisoner in Stutthof concentration camp from August 1943 - February 1945. He had saved and hidden his entire uniform, but the jacket and trousers were stolen. 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
1944 August-1945 February  (use)
Geography
use : Stutthof (Concentration camp); Sztutowo (Poland)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marian Miklin
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Record last modified: 2018-02-15 15:46:25
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