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Pin made by a concentration camp inmate bought by 2 child inmates for their mother

Object | Accession Number: 1990.51.2

Brooch owned by Sala Spett. It was bought on her birthday, May 19, 1943, "as a remembrance by my children, Rozia, 9 years old and Monius, 14 years old, and my husband, for a slice of bread which meant a day's hunger in Bergen-Belsen."The brooch is handmade by a young girl from Warsaw who was in our camp." The family was from Tarnow, Poland. Sala was an American citizen raised in Poland. Her husband worked at the city's tax office. After the German occupation in September 1939, the family lived in the ghetto and in hiding. In 1943, they were deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. They were liberated while on an evacuation train by American troops on April 13, 1945. The Spett family emigrated to the United States in 1947.

Date
1943 May  (creation)
1943 May 19  (received)
Geography
creation : Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp); Belsen (Bergen, Celle, Germany)
received : Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp); Belsen (Bergen, Celle, Germany)
Classification
Jewelry
Category
Pins (Jewelry)
Object Type
Brooches (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Martin Spett
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Record last modified: 2018-03-13 07:52:45
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