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Man's short-sleeved linen jacket made in a displaced person's camp

Object | Accession Number: 2005.369.3

Jacket made for 24-year-old Morris Rosen in the New Palestine displaced persons camp in Salzburg, Austria, after World War II, as he was preparing to emigrate to Palestine. The jacket was never worn. In 1939, the Germans occupied Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland, and established a Jewish ghetto, where Morris, his parents, and his 10 siblings were interned. From 1942-1944, the Germans transferred Morris through a series of camps in Germany and Poland. In 1945, Morris was in the Kretschamberg labor camp when the Germans decided to evacuate the inmates because the Soviet Army was advancing in the region. The inmates began a death march to Buchenwald in Germany, then to Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, where he was liberated by Soviet forces in May 1945. He searched for his family, and learned that five of his siblings had survived. His parents had perished in Auschwitz. Morris lived for a time in the New Palestine DP camp, and emigrated from there to the United States in 1949.

Date
1945-1949  (manufacture)
Geography
manufacture : New Palestine (Displaced persons camp); Salzburg (Austria)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Category
Men's clothing
Object Type
Jackets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Morris Rosen
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:27
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