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Concentration camp uniform jacket and pants worn by a Catholic Polish prisoner in several camps

Object | Accession Number: 2006.404.1 a-b

Striped jacket and pants worn by Mieczyslaw Lewicki during his imprisonment in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald, and Dora-Nordhausen concentration camps from September 15, 1942-April 9, 1945. Nineteen year old Mieczyslaw, a Catholic, was arrested in Radom, Poland, on September 1, 1942, for taking food to Jews in the ghetto who worked at his family's shoe factory. He was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp where the uniform was issued and a mug shot taken. On August 15, 1944, he was transferred to Buchenwald in Germany. He was then sent to Dora-Nordhausen slave labor camp where he worked in a V-2 missiles factory. He was liberated by the US Army on April 9, 1945. He was transferred to Heilbrunn displaced person’s camp after the war where he met an American Red Cross nurse who eventually became his wife. They left Europe for New York in July 1947. Lewicki did not talk much about his experiences and kept the uniform in storage until September 25, 1993, when he brought it out, along with his mug shot from Auschwitz, to protest a neo-Nazi and White Pride march in his adopted hometown of Auburn, New York.

Date
1942 September-1945 April  (use)
Geography
issue : Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Oswiecim (Poland)
use : Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
use : Dora (concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jane Lewicki and Mitchell Lewicki
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:27
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