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Folding knife made from a screwdriver in a concentration camp by an inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2005.135.2

Pocketknife created by Getzel Fingerhut (George Fine), age 22, during his imprisonment in Kaufering X concentration camp, known as Dachau 10, where he worked repairing locomotives. The handle is repurposed from a screwdriver and the blade is handmade. He hid the knife under his pants, tied with string above his calf. In August 1941, George and his family were interned in the ghetto in Siauliai, Lithuania, by the Germans, after they occupied the area. George worked in a series of forced labor camps until July 1944, when the remaining Jews in the ghetto were deported to Stutthof concentration camp. George was able to stay with his father, Josef, and his brother, Eliahu, when they were transferred to Dachau in August. This camp was evacuated by death march in April 1945. The prisoners were used to shield the German guards from Allied bombers. They were liberated by US troops on April 30, near Wolfranhausen, in Bavaria, and re-settled in Feldafing displaced persons camp.

Date
approximately 1945 January  (creation)
Geography
use : Kaufering X (Concentration camp); Utting am Ammersee (Germany)
Classification
Tools and Equipment
Category
Cutting tools
Object Type
Pocketknives (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of George J. and Shari Fine
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:47
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