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Signet ring with an engraving of the Lodz ghetto bridge owned by a ghetto resident

Object | Accession Number: 2005.96.1

Ring with his initials given to Jerzyk Wajnberg for his 18th birthday in the Lodz ghetto. It is engraved with an image of one of the two bridges that joined the three sections of the ghetto. The sections were created by the fenced intersection of two major roads that crossed through the ghetto. The bridges were needed for the inhabitants to travel between sections, as they were not permitted on the roads. Jerzyk,his parents, Julian and Regina, and his sister, Joanna, became residents of the ghetto in December 1939, when the Germans, who occupied Poland in September, evicted them from their home and forced them into the ghetto. In August 1944, during the final liquidation of the ghetto, Julian, as head electrical engineer, was told to stay and monitor the electrical supply. In early January 1945, as Soviet forces approached the city, they hid in the power plant, convinced that the Germans were planning to execute the remaining inhabitants. But on January 19, 1945, they were liberated by the Soviets and were able to return to their prewar apartment.

Date
1943  (received)
Geography
Litzmannstadt-Getto (Lodz ghetto) (historic); Lodz (Poland)
Classification
Jewelry
Category
Rings
Object Type
Signet rings (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joanna Raplewska
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:17
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