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ID tag stamped with prisoner number 119503 issued to a Polish Jewish inmate in Mauthausen

Object | Accession Number: 2012.445.2

Metal ID tag with prisoner number 119503 issued to 26 year old Moses Adam in January 1945 in Mauthausen concentration camp and also worn in Ebensee concentration camp until April 1945. It would have been attached to something and worn around the wrist. When Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Moses was living in Przemysl, Poland, with his parents Don and Ita Adam, and his sisters Kaila and Fradel. Three weeks later, Przemysl was under Soviet control. In June 1941, the Germans reoccupied the city when they invaded the Soviet Union. In August 1941, Moses was interned in a labor camp. His family lived in the ghetto. In July 1942, Don and Kaila, who had polio, were shot, and Ita, Fradel, and Fradel’s daughter Ester were deported to Belzec and killed the next day. A few months later, the labor camp inmates were deported but Moses escaped and lived in hiding in the ghetto. In July 1943, the SS entered the ghetto and Moses volunteered to go to Płaszów labor camp, where he was made a kapo. He was transferred to Starachowice, then Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he worked in the hospital block following a serious injury to his head. As the Soviets approached in January 1945, Moses was sent on a forced march to Mauthausen. He was later transferred to Ebensee, where he worked as slave labor underground. Moses was liberated at Ebensee by the US Army on May 6, 1945. He was severely malnourished and weighed only 62 pounds. He recuperated in Italy before emigrating to the United States in 1948.

use:  1945 January-1945 April
received: Mauthausen (Concentration Camp); Mauthausen (Austria)
use: Ebensee (Concentration camp); Ebensee (Austria)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Name tags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rita Margolis
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:25:53
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