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White prison patch with a red triangle and number 97905 owned by a Lithuanian Jewish man

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0753.2

White cloth badge like the one Isaak Nementschik wore while a prisoner in Buchenwald concentration camp. It is printed with an inverted red triangle. signifying that was a political prisoner, and his prisoner number 97905. Isaac, an accountant, and his wife, Lea, a dentist, and their children Fira, 6, and Boris, 2, lived in Kaunas (Kovno], Lithuania, which was occupied by Nazi Germany in June 1941. Irving was arrested and taken to a fort where over 3000 of those captured were shot and killed. Irving bribed a guard and hid in a hole. On his return to the ghetto, he worked as a forced laborer. Circa 1943, Irving was deported to Stutthof concentration camp. He was sent to Buchenwald ca. 1945 and escaped ca. April/May during a death march. He was found by a Czech woman who cared for him until he regained his health. He left to find his family and they were reunited in Lodz, Poland. In 1944, Lea had cut a hole in the ghetto fence and smuggled Fira, Boris, and a young cousin Llana out in sacks. They then survived in hiding. The family lived in displaced person camps in Germany until 1949, when they left for America.

Date
approximately 1944-1945 May  (use)
Geography
use : Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Florence M. Post
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Record last modified: 2018-01-16 10:06:14
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