Ring with a red heart and inmate numbers made from a spoon in a concentration camp
Auschwitz (Concentration camp);
- Object Type
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Sol Goldstein
Silver finger ring made from a spoon by Leib Krycberg, while an inmate of Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942-43. Leib engraved the ring with his initial, L, and with M for Miriam, a prisoner with whom he had fallen in love. He also engraved it with their prison numbers. He made a separate ring for Miriam. Both Leib and Miriam survived multiple concentration camps. They remet after the war in a displaced persons camp in Italy where Leib proposed, and Miriam apparently declined. This may be when Leib gave the ring to Sol Goldstein, who had been a fellow inmate in Auschwitz. Miriam emigrated to Israel, and also preserved her ring. In 1940, Sol, 14, his brother Natan, 16, and his mother, Cirll, and stepfather Sheja, conservative Jews, were forced into the Warsaw ghetto in German occupied Poland. He escaped a few times, and in 1942, was sent to Pultusk concentration camp, and in October, to Auschwitz. In the summer of 1943, Sol was sent to Janinagrube forced labor camp. In the winter 1944, as the Russian Army advanced west, the Germans began evacuating the camps. Sol was sent back to Auschwitz, and then to Oranienburg, Flossenburg, and its sub-camp Ganacker. When Ganacker was evacuated in April 1945, Sol escaped during the death march and hid in the forest with three friends until American troops arrived in May 1945 and liberated the area near Schonau, Austria. His entire family was murdered during the Holocaust. Sol remained in Germany until emigrating to the United States.
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