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Cigarette lighter crafted from a bullet shell casing by a prisoner in a Soviet labor camp

Object | Accession Number: 2007.47.1

Cigarette lighter fabricated by Laszlo Weisz while he was imprisoned in a forced labor camp in Russia. He was a master watchmaker and bartered his services to obtain provisions while in the camps. Weisz was 29 years old and living with his wife and 5 year old son, Peter, in his hometown of Kunszentmarton, Hungary, when he was conscripted into a forced labor battalion in June of 1942. He was transferred to several labor units in Hungary, Poland, and the Soviet Union. At the end of the war in late 1944-1945, he was in a labor camp in Dnepropetrovsk in the Soviet Union. He returned to Hungary and learned that his wife and son had been killed in Auschwitz death camp.

Date
1944-1945  (creation)
Geography
creation : Soviet labor camp; Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Robert Weisz
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:43
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