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Handcrafted miniature book of poetry created for a labor camp inmate by a fellow inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2004.332.1

Tiny leather book made for 24 year old Leia Kreimer in 1943 when she was imprisoned in Vapniarka concentration camp in Transnistria. It is dedicated to Leia by Sender, a fellow prisoner and poet whom Leia cared for before he died of tuberculosis on December 13, 1943. It has several pages of Ionesco influenced poetry. In mid-1941, the Fascist, antisemitic government of Romania sent Leia and her husband, Mechel, to Dornesti prison camp, where they were separated. In summer 1941, Leia was sent to a Jewish refugee camp in Zaleszczyki, Poland. In July 1942, she was deported to Swidowa labor camp. She escaped to Romania, but was jailed by the Germans for being a communist. In August, Leia was deported to Vapniarka and, in spring 1944, transferred to Grosulovo camp, then Targu-Jiu and Turnu Severin in Romania. The area was liberated by the Soviet Army on August 23. The majority of Leia’s family, including her husband, were killed during the Holocaust.

creation:  1943
received:  1943
creation: Vapniarka (Concentration camp); Vapniarka (Vinnytska oblast, Ukraine)
received: Vapniarka (Concentration camp); Vapniarka (Vinnytska oblast, Ukraine)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Leah Derera
Record last modified: 2022-08-22 16:22:46
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