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Commemorative concentration camp pendant owned by a German Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2018.70.7

Small silver and enamel commemorative concentration camp pendant worn postwar by Margret Simon Hantman. The pendant has an inverted red triangle on a blue and gray striped field representing concentration camp uniforms. It is likely that Margret obtained this while at Deggendorf displaced persons (DP) camp. 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 and the other prisoners were freed in May 1945, and Margret made her way to Deggendorf DP camp that summer. She met her first husband Felix Huber at Deggendorf, and in 1946 they both immigrated to the United States.

creation:  after 1945 May
acquired: Germany
Pendants (Jewelry)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margret Hantman
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:26:35
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