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Small box made of copper bullet casings and seashells with a decorative plaque made for a labor camp inmate by a fellow inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2004.332.2 a-b

Handcrafted box made for 25 year old Leia Kreimer in 1944 when she was imprisoned in Vapniarka concentration camp in Transnistria. It was made by Lazar, who had been a fellow inmate, in Rabnita prison as a gift for Leia. It is engraved with her initials, LK, and birth date, March 8. He had it smuggled to her with other inmates released from jail and sent back to Vapniarka. Lazar was killed in Rabnita. In mid-1941, the Fascist, antisemitic government of Romania sent Leia and her husband, Mechel, to Dornesti prison camp, where they were separated. In summer 1941, Leia was sent to a Jewish refugee camp in Zaleszczyki, Poland. In July 1942, she was deported to Swidowa labor camp. She escaped to Romania, but was jailed by the Germans for being a communist. In August, Leia was deported to Vapniarka and, in spring 1944, transferred to Grosulovo camp, then Targu-Jiu and Turnu Severin in Romania. The area was liberated by the Soviet Army on August 23. The majority of Leia’s family, including her husband, were killed during the Holocaust.

Date
1944 January-1944 April  (creation)
1944 January-1944 April  (received)
Geography
creation : Rabnita prison camp; Ribnita (Moldova)
received : Vapniarka (Concentration camp); Vapniarka (Vinnytska oblast, Ukraine)
Language
Romanian
Classification
Containers
Category
Boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Leah Derera
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:16
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