Belt created from leather scraps by a concentration camp prisoner
Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp);
Belsen (Bergen, Celle, Germany)
- Object Type
Belts (Clothing) (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Klemens
The belt was created by Ruth Wiener from leather scraps found in her workplace in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
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Also in Ruth Wiener Klemens collection
The collection relates to the life of Ruth Wiener Klemens, her mother, Margarete Wiener, and her sisters, Mirjam and Eva Wiener, during their time at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany and Westerbork concentration camp in the Netherlands.
The pin was made by a friend and given to Ruth Wiener as a birthday gift at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.
The bouquet was created by Ruth Wiener from leather scraps found in her workplace in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
The pin was created by Ruth Wiener from leather scraps found in her workplace in Westerbork concentration camp.
The Ruth Wiener Klemens papers consist of biographical materials, registration correspondence and forms, and a Westerbork map and bath ticket documenting the status of the Wiener family from Berlin in Amsterdam, their deportation to Westerbork, and their transfer to Bergen‐Belsen. Biographical materials include identification cards, passes, notices, receipts, and a prescription documenting the Wiener family’s status in Amsterdam, their confinement at Westerbork, Ruth’s work harvesting potatoes and in the laundry, her sisters’ health, and their transfer to Bergen‐Belsen. Registration correspondence and forms include a registration form and instructions from the Jewish Council of Amsterdam, a notice from the Amsterdam Central Administration for Jewish Immigration for the Wiener family to make an appearance in order to protect themselves from forced labor camps, a letter from Erich August Paul Puttkammer that the Wieners had paid to be spared from deportation (a protective document with no actual value), and a receipt from the city of Amsterdam confirming that the Wieners were properly registered. The map of Westerbork was hand‐drawn and labeled in Dutch by Ruth Wiener. The bath ticket is an example of the bath passes issued to Westerbork inmates allowing them periodic baths.