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Armband worn in Ravensbruck concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 1988.82.3

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    Armband worn in Ravensbruck concentration camp

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    The armband is made of red cloth and inscribed with the letters "L.P." (Lagerpolizei).
    Date
    1944
    Geography
    use: Ravensbrück (Concentration camp); Ravensbrück (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ann West
    Contributor
    Subject: Ann West
    Biography
    Anny Neumann (later Ann West) was born in 1920 in Leipzig, Germany, to Leo and Johanna Neumann. She and her boyfriend Heinz Rosenhain joined the Hachshara in Ellguth (Oberschlesien), Gut Winkel, near Berlin, and finally Neuendorf bei Fürstenwalde, where she also worked at a German military laundry. In April 1943, Anny and Heinz, now her husband, were deported with their friends to Auschwitz concentration camp in German occupied Poland. Anny was assigned to the camp police. Heinz, age 32, was sent to Ebensee slave labor camp, a subcamp of Mauthausen) where he died just before liberation in May 1945. Anny was sent on a death march from Auschwitz to Malchow, a subcamp of Ravensbrück, in January 1945. She escaped during the evacuation from Malchow in May 1945. She joined her sisters Emmy Pomper and Sabina Heliczer in the United States in 1946. Her mother survived Theresienstadt and immigrated to the United States in 1947. Anny later married Czech Holocaust survivor Robert West.

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Armbands
    Object Type
    Armbands (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Red with white stitching reading "L.P" (lager polizei); possibly made from wool.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 3.000 inches (7.62 cm) | Width: 7.380 inches (18.745 cm)
    Materials
    overall : cloth

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The armband was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1988 by Ann West.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 21:51:25
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