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Handmade aluminum box incised with the name of a concentration camp inmate found by another inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2004.340.2

Small metal box found by Hozia Frydman in Birkenau concentration camp where she was imprisoned from 1944-1945. Scratched in the lid is the name Mendel Goldblit, possibly her uncle, who perished in the camp. When found, the box contained a human tooth with a silver crown. Hozia, 34, and her daughter Miriam, 4, were in Ostrowiec, Poland, when Germany invaded on September 1, 1939. Soon the Germans set up a Jewish ghetto where they were forced to live. Hozia's husband, Herschel, was interned in a nearby labor camp and, by early 1942, Hozia and her sister Bella were sent there. Miriam had been placed in hiding with a Polish woman, but in April 1942, she could no longer take care of her and Miriam was smuggled into the camp. On August 3, 1944, they were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Hozia and Bella were transferred to various German labor camps. Miriam remained in Auschwitz until liberation on January 27, 1945. Reunited post-liberation, Hozia, Bella, and Miriam left Poland for Bindermichl displaced persons camp in Linz, Austria. Herschel had died during a death march from Auschwitz. Most of their other family members perished. Canada passed an act to admit refugee orphans and Miriam was sent to Canada in October 1948. Rose and Bella followed later that year.

found:  1944 August-1945 January
found: Birkenau (Concentration camp); Oświęcim (Poland)
Metal containers
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Miriam and Roman Ziegler
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:25:24
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