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Ring hidden by a Polish Jewish girl while in a concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 2015.465.1

Engagement ring given to fourteen-year-old Sala Silberstein (now Sally Chase) by her mother, Estera, when they were interned in the Radom ghetto in Poland in 1942. Sala was given the ring to use as money, and managed to hide it throughout her imprisonment in concentration camps. Sally, her parents, her five brothers, and two sisters were forced into one of Radom’s two ghettos in April 1941 by the occupying German administration. Two of Sala’s brothers walked east, but after becoming separated, one of them returned to Radom. The other found work in a town near the Soviet border where he was eventually killed. In July 1942, liquidation of the ghettos began, and Sala’s parents, her oldest brother, and her brother’s family were forcibly transported to Treblinka killing center, where they were likely gassed upon arrival. Two more of Sala’s brothers were taken to Treblinka and killed in January 1943. That November, Sala and her two sisters, who had been on work details, were transferred to a forced labor camp in Ostrowiec. In June 1944, the sisters were transferred to Auschwitz-Birkenau for six months before being deported to the forced labor camp at Gebhardsdorf. All three sisters survived a death march in January 1945, and were liberated from the St. Georgenthal camp on May 8, 1945. After the war, the sisters reunited with their only surviving brother at the Dachau displaced persons (DP) camp. Sala immigrated to the United States in January 1947, completed her education, and began a successful career. She later married and had two children.

Date
received:  before 1942 September
Geography
received: Radom (Poland : Powiat)
Classification
Jewelry
Category
Rings
Object Type
Rings (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Rings.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gina Chase Bronstein and Sally Silberstein Chase
 
Record last modified: 2020-12-15 10:18:40
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