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Shaving brush received in a concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 2005.256.1

Shaving brush given to Elias Cala for safekeeping by a fellow inmate in 1944 at Auschwitz III-Monowitz concentration camp. The other inmate was a barber who gave the brush to Elias when he became ill. He was sent to the infirmary, but never returned. Elias had been deported to Monowitz from the Jewish ghetto in Mlawa, Poland, in November, 1942, with his wife and one-year-old daughter. His wife and daughter were selected for death upon arrival at Auschwitz. Elias was assigned to work as slave labor in the I.G Farben company’s Buna plant associated with the Monowitz camp. In January 1945, Elias and others from Monowitz were taken on a series of transports and death marches. He escaped from a death march in April, 1945, near the town of Arnstorf, Germany. Local residents hid him until the area was liberated by the United States Army on May 1. He lived in the town as a displaced person for four years, before emigrating to the United States in 1949.

received:  1944
received: Monowitz (Concentration camp); Monowice (Poland)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elias Cala
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:12:23
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