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Two pieces of mica from a forced laborer in a glimmer factory [mica]

Object | Accession Number: 2007.177.4 a- b

Mica flakes from the glimmer [mica] factory near Theresienstadt where Ilse Silten was forced to work. The work of splitting the mineral mica into flakes created a dust that caused lung diseases among the workers. In 1939, Ilse, her husband, Fritz, and 10 year old daughter Ruth, fled Berlin for Amsterdam. Not long after Germany occupied Amsterdam in 1940, the family was sent to Westerbork transit camp. In January 1944, they were deported to Theresienstadt labor/ghetto camp in Czechoslovakia. The Germans abandoned Theresienstadt in May 1945. Ilse and her family returned to Amsterdam. She died in February 1977 from lung disease contracted while working in the factory.

Date
1944-1945  (use)
Geography
creation : Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Classification
Materials
Category
Minerals
Object Type
Mica (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Gabriele Silten
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:44
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