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Plastic document case used by a former Hungarian Jewish forced laborer

Object | Accession Number: 2005.303.2

Document case used by 21-year old Ladislav Davidovic who served in a Hungarian forced labor unit on the eastern front in 1943. He kept his school records with him through the war, perhaps in this document case, where they stayed safe until liberation. Ladislav was from a region in Czechoslovakia that was annexed by Hungary in 1938. He was able to continue at the Jewish Gymnasium, but when he graduated in 1943, he was ordered into the Hungarian army, close allies of Nazi Germany. He was put in charge of a forced labor squad of Jewish boys who were responsible for rebuilding bombed railroads on the eastern front during the German retreat from Russia. After liberation, Louis returned to find his family gone, so he went to Prague. He was eventually reunited with his father and mother, who had survived Auschwitz. The family emigrated to the United States in 1946.

use:  1943-1946
use: Prague (Czech Republic)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Deborah Kronenberger
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 11:49:34
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