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Wrist watch kept by a Hungarian Jewish concentration camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2004.593.2

Wrist watch purchased by Karola Ogurek in Budapest, Hungary, around October 1943 after fleeing Kamionka, Poland, with her 10 year old son, Jurek, husband Alexander, and her parents Helene and Izak Fiszer. She kept the watch with her, even during incarceration in Auschwitz. In March 1944, after Germany invaded Hungary, the family tried to go to Slovakia but were arrested and turned over to the Germans. They were sent to a Polish POW camp, but released by the commandant. They went back and forth between Slovakia and Hungary seeking refuge. In April 1944, they were arrested and sent to Sered labor camp, then to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The family was separated and Jurek was sent to the children's barracks. In early January, as the camp was evacuated, Jurek was rescued from the hospital by his uncle Stasiek who took him to Krakow. Stasiek was arrested and disappeared after being denounced as a collaborator by a Pole. In spring 1945, Jurek was placed in a Shomer Hatzair orphanage leaving Budapest for Germany, and along the way, was found by his mother and grandmother in Prague. They then went to Kavnitz displaced persons camp in Germany. Alexander and Izak had died during a forced death march from Auschwitz in January 1945. Karola married Chastiel Zimmerman, another survivor, in Esslingen am Neckar on December 6, 1947.

Date
approximately 1943 October  (received)
Geography
received : Budapest (Hungary)
use : Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Oswiecim (Poland)
manufacture : United States
Language
English
French
Category
Timepieces
Object Type
Wrist watches (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of George O. Zimmerman
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:00
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