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Navy blue pinstriped jacket and pants worn by the groom at his wedding to another survivor in a DP camp

Object | Accession Number: 2004.680.1 a-b

Blue pin-striped suit worn by Welek (William) Luksenburg, 24, for his wedding to Hinde (Helen) Chilewicz, 21, on March 2, 1947, in the displaced persons camp in Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Germany. The couple met in 1944 as prisoners in Gleiwitz concentration camp. In 1941, Welek, his parents, and brother Szlomo were in the Jewish ghetto in Dabrow Gornicza in German occupied Poland. In 1942, his parents Rozalia and Simcha were deported and killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Welek got Szlomo released from a labor camp hospital and escaped a prison camp to care for him. When Welek was arrested, Szlomo was sent to Auschwitz and killed. In 1943, Welek was deported to Blechhammer, then Gleiwitz. In January 1945, Gleiwitz was evacuated and the prisoners sent to Oranienburg. William was transferred to Flossenbürg, and then Regensburg. He collapsed during a death march in April 1945 and was rescued by a German farmer. US troops arrived in the area and took Welek, then 65 pounds, to an army camp hospital. After he recovered, he worked in the camp. Hinde and her parents were confined to a Jewish ghetto in Sosnowiec after the September 1939 German invasion of Poland. In March 1943, Hinde and mother Chana were deported and separated. Hinde was sent to Gleiwitz. When the camp was evacuated, Hinde was sent to Ravensbrück. She was told by prisoners from Auschwitz that her parents and sister Bluma had been killed. Hinde was liberated during a death march in May 1945 by Soviet troops. She returned to Sosnowiec and learned that her brother Abraham had died during a forced march in 1944. She soon left for Czechoslovakia, where she learned that Welek was alive. Helen and William were reunited in Germany in October 1945. Theuy married in Weiden DP camp on March 2, 1947, and emigrated to the US in 1949.

use:  1947 March 02
use: Weiden (Displaced persons camp); Weiden in der Oberpfalz (Germany)
Clothing and Dress
Men's clothing
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Helen and William Luksenburg
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:25:36
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