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Belt created from leather scraps by a concentration camp prisoner

Object | Accession Number: 1988.126.28

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    Belt created from leather scraps by a concentration camp prisoner
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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    The belt was created by Ruth Wiener from leather scraps found in her workplace in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
    Date
    received:  1944
    Geography
    received: Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp); Belsen (Bergen, Celle, Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Klemens
    Contributor
    Subject: Ruth Klemens
    Biography
    Ruth Klemens (1927-2011) was born in Berlin to Alfred Wiener (b. 1885) and Margarethe Wiener (nee Saulmann, 1895-1945). They moved to Amsterdam in 1934 with her grandmother, Amalia Wiener. Around 1938 Alfred moved to London, and he relocated to the United States before Pearl Harbor. Ruth was deported to Westerbork with her mother and sisters, Eva and Mirjam, in June 1943. They were transferred to Bergen-Belsen in January 1944. They left in January 1945 for Switzerland as part of a prisoner exchange based on Paraguayan passports her father had purchased for them. Her mother died upon arrival in Switzerland, and Ruth and her sisters were transferred to Marseilles, where they were put on a boat to the United States in February 1945.

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Dress Accessories
    Category
    Belts (Clothing)
    Physical Description
    The belt is made of interlocking loops of brown, red, and blue leather arranged in a pattern of alternating colors. There is no buckle or other fastening device.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 38.000 inches (96.52 cm) | Width: 0.875 inches (2.223 cm)
    Materials
    overall : leather

    Rights & Restrictions

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

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The belt was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1988 by Ruth Wiener Klemens.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 21:51:24
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