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Pair of leather slippers received from Oskar Schindler by a Jewish Polish worker

Object | Accession Number: 2004.702.2 a-b

Pair of leather slipon shoes given to Sam Klasner by Oskar Schindler from a store of Red Cross supplies shortly before liberation. From October 1944-May 1945, Sam worked at the armament factory owned by Schindler in Brunnlitz (Brnenec) in German occupied Czechoslovakia as a subcamp of Gross Rosen concentration camp. Schindler protected his workers from deportation, kept German camp personnel out of the camp, and did his best to provide food, although shortages were severe. In October 1944, when Schindler moved his factory from Płaszów to Brunnlitz, his workers were processed at Gross Rosen. Some were mistakenly sent to Auschwitz and had to be replaced. Sam had mechanical skills and was offered a spot on Schindler's list and sent to Brunnlitz. Sam was first imprisoned by the Germans in 1939 as a Polish soldier captured after the German invasion of Poland. When they realized he was Jewish, he was incarcerated in the Krakow ghetto. In June 1941, he was sent to Reichshof [Rzeszow] forced labor camp, then in September 1942, transferred to the brutal Płaszów labor camp until his transfer to Gross Rosen in 1944. Schindler left the Brunnlitz camp on May 7, 1945, the day Germany surrendered. The camp was liberated May 9 by Soviet troops. Sam was sent to Poland to search for his family but found no survivors. He was nearly killed in a pogrom and left for the American zone of occupation in Germany. He learned that his family had been killed in Treblinka and Auschwitz. Sam stayed in Regensburg displaced persons camp and emigrated to the United States in 1949.

received:  1945 May
received: Brünnlitz (Concentration camp); Brněnec (Czech Republic)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Bruce Klasner
Record last modified: 2023-02-23 16:49:20
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