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Brown plastic lice comb used by a Romanian Jewish woman concentration camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2012.453.2

Brown plastic lice comb used by Borbala (Babi) Nussbacher while imprisoned at Auschwitz, Riga, Stutthof, Guttau and Neumark concentration camps from May 1944-May 1945. Babi, her husband Josef Polak, her parents, and siblings lived in Cehu Silvaniei, in Transylvania, an area of Romania absorbed in August 1940 by Hungary. Josef was put into a forced labor battalion for the Hungarian Army and sent to Ukraine, where he later perished. In March 1944, Germany occupied Hungary. Babi and her family were forced into the Szilagysomlyo ghetto in 1944 and deported to Auschwitz in May 1944. Babi’s father and stepmother were killed. Babi was selected for labor and sent to several more camps, including Riga, Stutthof, Guttau, and Neumark. She was liberated in May 1945. She returned to Romania and found that her siblings had survived. She met Denes-Deszo (Duzsi) Herskovits, a survivor from Seini, Romania. They married in 1947 and settled in Romania.

use:  approximately 1944 May-1945 May
use: Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Oświęcim (Poland)
use: Kaiserwald (Concentration camp); Riga (Latvia)
use: Stutthof (Concentration camp); Sztutowo (Poland)
Object Type
Combs (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Miriam Shelef
Record last modified: 2023-02-13 09:21:27
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