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Tin pail made for one prisoner by another in Kaufering concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 1998.132.1

Tin bucket made in Kaufering concentration camp for 14 year old Shmuel Rabinovitz by the head tinsmith. It originally had a cover, but it was lost. The large size of the pail was very helpful for Shmuel. He was often able to get a larger serving of soup and he could keep his bread portion in it as well. Shmuel carried the pail with him on the death march in April 1945 when the Germans evacuated the camp because of approaching US troops. Shmuel and his parents, Yitzchak and Shulamit, were incarcerated in the Jewish ghetto in Kovno (Kaunus], Lithuania, after the Germans occupied the city in June 1941. The ghetto was taken over by the SS and converted to Kauen concentration camp in fall 1943. The Germans prepared to destroy the ghetto in the summer of 1944 and Shmuel and his family were deported in July to Dachau. Shmuel was then sent to Kaufering forced labor camp, a Dachau subcamp. He was liberated during the death march to Dachau on May 2, 1945. He was reunited with his parents at a displaced persons camp in Travisio, Italy in July. Four months later, they emigrated to Palestine.

use:  1944-1945
creation: Kaufering (Concentration camp); Kaufering (Germany)
received: Kaufering (Concentration camp); Kaufering (Germany)
Metal containers
Object Type
Pails (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Shmuel Elhanan
Record last modified: 2021-12-10 07:33:59
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