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White striped blue shirt worn by Polish Jewish slave laborer

Object | Accession Number: 2003.294.2

Striped shirt that David Wincygster, 20, was wearing when he was liberated from Eintrachthutte slave labor camp hospital in January 1945. Prisoners had been issued a new shirt at the camp every Friday. Later, the nuns in the hospital shortened the sleeves to make the shirt collar so David could continue to wear it. In April 1941, David and his family were interned in Ostrowiec ghetto in German occupied Poland. In October 1942, the family was separated when most ghetto residents were deported to Treblinka killing center. David, brother Hershel, and uncle Fishel were kept behind to work in the aircraft factory. In April 1944, they were sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp. David was transferred to Eintrachthutte. In January 1945, he was very sick and in the infirmary when Soviet soldiers liberated the camp. After recuperating for several months, David returned to Ostrowiec. He found one cousin, but the rest of his family had been killed. Bricha helped him get to the American zone in Germany. He was placed in St. Ottilien sanatorium, and then in Gabersee displaced persons camp. In 1949, he emigrated to America.

Date
1945 January-approximately 1945 September  (use)
Geography
use : Eintrachthutte (Concentration camp); Swietochlowice (Poland)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Overblouses (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David Winchester
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:51
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