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Concentration camp uniform pants worn by a Romanian Jewish inmate at Buchenwald

Object | Accession Number: 2002.467.2

Concentration camp pants worn by Isidor Goldstein, husband of Elisabet Goldstein, when he was an inmate at Buchenwald concentration camp. The pants are made from a thin striped material sometimes referred to as “pajama stripes.” 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.

approximately 1944  (received)
use : Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Pants (lcsh)
Prison uniforms.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elisabet Goldstein
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Record last modified: 2018-10-30 14:31:09
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