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Swiss watch taken from the body of an SS guard by a concentration camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2013.465.1

Swiss wrist watch with a contemporary band taken by 21 year old Abraham Lewent, possibly from the body of a dead SS guard, around April 1945. After the collapse of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in May 1943, Abraham and his father Raphael were deported to Majdanek concentration camp where his father was killed. After two months, Abraham was transferred to Skarżysko-Kamienna slave labor camp, then to Buchenwald concentration camp, a month later to a subcamp, Schlieben, then back to Buchenwald. He was transferred to Bisingen, a subcamp of Natzweiler-Struthof for about 8-10 weeks, and then sent to Allach, a Dachau subcamp. In early April 1945, as Allied forces neared the camp, the inmates were sent on a death march, until loaded on a train. On April 30, the train stopped near Starnberg. The guards ran away. The inmates, too ill and weak to stand, pushed each other out of the train, and they rolled down a hill to a road with American tanks. Abraham, very ill and weighing only 80 pounds, was taken to a Red Cross tent where he began his recuperation. He lost his entire, extended family during the Holocaust. Most of them were murdered in Treblinka. Abraham emigrated to the US in 1949.

Date
before 1945 May  (found)
Geography
found : Germany
Language
English
French
Category
Timepieces
Object Type
Wrist watches (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Robert Lewent
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:46
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