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Prisoner ID badge B 4647 worn by Polish Jewish slave laborer

Object | Accession Number: 2003.294.3

Prisoner badge worn by David Wincygster while an inmate at Eintrachthütte slave labor camp from spring 1944-January 1945. It has his prisoner number which was assigned to him at Auschwtiz II Birkenau concentration camp and tattooed on his left forearm. It also has a yellow bar to identify him as Jewish and an inverted red triangle which usually identified political prisoners. 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
approximately 1944 April-approximately 1945 January  (use)
Geography
use : Birkenau (Concentration camp); Birkenau (Germany)
use : Eintrachthutte (Concentration camp); Swietochlowice (Poland)
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David Winchester
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