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Concentration camp uniform jacket with post liberation Buchenwald patch worn by a Romanian Jewish inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2002.467.1 a-b

Concentration camp uniform jacket that was worn by Isidor Goldstein, husband of Elisabet Goldstein, when he was an inmate at Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany in 1944. The jacket is made from a thin striped material sometimes referred to as “pajama stripes.” An embroidered post-liberation Buchenwald patch with the number 110099 was stitched to the breast, but has since been removed. Elisabet was from Cluj, Romania. After the area was annexed to Hungary in 1940, Jews suffered economically and physically. Germany occupied Hungary in March 1944, and in May, Elisabet and her family, along with 18,000 other Jewish people in the area, were sent to the Kolozsvár ghetto. Within a month the ghetto was liquidated and the prisoners were transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center. Elisabet’s parents were killed upon arrival and her two brothers and her husband, Isidor, were sent to Buchenwald. Elisabet was sent to several camps in Germany, including subcamps of Gross-Rosen and Neuengamme, where she was a forced laborer in various factories. She was sent to Salzwedel satellite camp only a few weeks before it was liberated by the 84th Infantry Division of the US Army on April 14, 1945. Elisabet traveled to Buchenwald and was reunited with her brother Eugen. Her brother Josef had already been released. It is likely her husband, Isidor, perished at Buchenwald. She and her brothers eventually returned to Cluj.

Date
approximately 1944  (received)
Geography
use : Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Jackets (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Prison uniforms.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elisabet Goldstein
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:38
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