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Concentration camp uniform cap worn by a Jewish Latvian prisoner

Object | Accession Number: 2003.174.2

Blue and gray striped prisoner uniform cap worn by Ber (later Beryl) Miklin in Stutthof concentration camp from the fall of 1944 to early 1945. Ber, his wife, parents, two sisters, and two brothers were forced into the Riga ghetto in Latvia in September 1941 by the German occupying forces. Ber’s mother and wife died, and his youngest brother fled to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Ber and his elder brother were transported to the Riga-Kaiserwald concentration camp in August 1943, and were assigned to forced labor. Ber’s father, sisters, and his sisters’ families were also sent to Kaiserwald, but later killed. The camp was evacuated in the summer of 1944, and most of the prisoners were deported to Stutthof concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. Ber and his brother David were in Stutthof for about six months, and David likely died during this time. On January 25, 1945, the SS began evacuating Stutthof, and Ber was among the prisoners sent on a death march. Ber escaped the march, and hid in the nearby forest. He travelled to Poznań, where local farmers allowed him to work in exchange for food. After the war, Ber moved multiple times before landing in the displaced persons (DP) camps near Munich. In the Neu Freimann DP camp, Ber met and married fellow-survivor Mirka (later Marian) Kestenberg. They had their first son in 1947, and immigrated to the United States in the fall of 1949. After a year in El Paso, Texas, the family relocated to Denver, Colorado, and had two more children.

Date
use:  approximately 1944 October-1945 February
Geography
use: Stutthof (Concentration camp); Sztutowo (Poland)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Genre/Form
Prison uniforms.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marian Miklin
 
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:20:34
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