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Inscribed wooden spoon and patch saved by a former Jewish Latvian slave labor camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1995.A.0989.3 a-b

Wooden spoon acquired by Esther Lurie during a 1965 reunion of former ghetto and concentration camp prisoners in Israel. The spoon is inscribed with her prisoner number, the Hebrew names of slave labor camps, and dates commemorating twenty years since her liberation. An undated cloth patch with her prisoner number is associated with the spoon. Esther, a professional artist, originally from Liepaja, Latvia, settled in Palestine in 1934. She was visiting her sister in Kovno (now Kaunus), Lithuania, in summer 1941 when it was occupied by Germany. She was confined to the ghetto and had to create portraits and paintings for the Germans. She also, at the request of the Jewish Council, dedicated herself to recording the daily life of the residents. In July 1944, the ghetto was liquidated. Esther was sent to Stutthof concentration camp, where she continued to draw. Her family members were sent to Auschwitz and murdered. In August 1944, she was deported to Leibisch slave labor camp, which was liberated by the Soviet Army on January 21, 1945. During the journey back to Palestine, she lived in a displaced persons camp in Italy, where her drawings of Leibisch were exhibited.

received:  1965
commemoration:  1945 January 23-1965 January 23
received: Israel
Household Utensils
Object Type
Wooden spoons (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Lurie
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 17:53:51
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