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Brassiere made for a German Jewish woman in a forced labor camp

Object | Accession Number: 2018.70.3

Brassiere made for Margret Simon Hantman from a piece of her camp night shirt by a woman she shared a room with while imprisoned at Sackish-Kudowa labor camp from 1944-1945. Prior to the war, Margret and her family lived in Berlin, Germany, where her father owned a grocery store. In 1935, his store was taken by the authorities after the Nuremberg Laws were passed and he was forced to work as a laborer on the outskirts of the city. In October 1942, her sister Eva was sent on a transport to Rīga, Latvia, where she was murdered. In December, Margret and her parents were sent to Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp in Czechoslovakia. In September 1944, Margret’s father was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp in German occupied Poland, where he was murdered. The following month she and her mother were sent there as well. Margret’s mother was killed soon after they arrived. After a few weeks, Margret was sent to Sackisch‐Kudowa labor camp to work in an airplane factory. She shared a room with eight other women. They all got along well and supported and tried to help one another. She and the other prisoners were freed in May 1945, and Margret made her way to Deggendorf displaced persons camp that summer. She met her first husband Felix Huber at Deggendorf, and in 1946 they both immigrated to the United States.

Date
after 1944 November-before 1945 May  (creation)
Geography
creation : Kudowa-Sackisch (Concentration camp); Kudowa Zdroj (Poland)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Category
Women's clothing
Object Type
Brassieres (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Undergarments.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margaret Hantman
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Record last modified: 2018-09-20 10:51:26
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