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Concentration camp striped uniform coat with yellow triangle worn by a Polish Jewish female inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2004.411.1

Striped concentration camp coat issued to 17 year old Esther Kessler, or her mother, Masha, when they were imprisoned in Kaiserwald concentration camp. It was worn from September 1943-January 1945 through several camps. It has a handmade prisoner id with a small yellow triangle patch. After German occupied Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania, in June 1941, Esther and Masha were forced into a Jewish ghetto. They were transferred to Kaiserwald in Riga, Latvia, in September 1943 when the ghetto was liquidated. In the summer of 1944, they were sent to Thorn concentration camp in Germany, and worked as slave laborers repairing copper cables in an underground facility. They were then sent to Bromberg labor camp in Germany (Bydgoszcz, Poland). On January 24, 1945, Bromberg was evacuated. The prisoners began a forced march to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, but were liberated in January 1945 in Bromberg by Soviet troops.

Date
1943 September 23  (received)
1943 September 23-1945 January  (use)
Geography
use : concentration camps; Poland
received : Kaiserwald (Concentration camp); Riga (Latvia)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Coats (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of William Begell
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:10
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