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Cigarette lighter with Polish coins given to Director, ORT schools, DP camps

Object | Accession Number: 1988.72.5

Brass cigarette lighter with two inset prewar Polish coins presented to Louis J. Walinsky, Director of ORT vocational training schools in displaced persons camps in Europe in 1947. It was made by ORT participants in Ansbach dp camp in the US occupation zone in Germany. After the war ended in May 1945, ORT opened vocational training schools in dp camps, the first in Landsberg in August. The schools trained Holocaust survivors in practical skills such as metalworking, carpentry, dress making, and mechanics, so they could establish new lives after they immigrated. Louis, a teacher and economist, began working for American ORT in 1947. He was sent to Europe to work for World ORT and became Director of ORT schools. Louis became Secretary-General for ORT in 1948, and returned to the US in 1949.

creation:  1947
received:  1947
creation: Ansbach (Displaced persons camp), ORT school; Ansbach (Mittelfranken, Germany)
received: Ansbach (Displaced persons camp), ORT school; Ansbach (Mittelfranken, Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Louis J. Walinsky
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:28:37
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