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Concentration camp uniform jacket with 55857 patch worn by a Jewish doctor

Object | Accession Number: 1993.153.1

Concentration camp uniform jacket worn by Dr. Hermann Scharf, 38, in Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dora-Mittelbau, Ravensbrück, and Woebbelin concentration camps from May 1944 to May 1945. It has a white patch with his Buchenwald prisoner ID number, 55857. Hermann and his wife Elizabeth lived in Irsava, Czechoslovakia, which was annexed by Hungary in fall 1938, then occupied by Germany in March 1944. On April 16, 1944, Hermann and Elizabeth were imprisoned in Berehove ghetto. In May, they were sent to Auschwitz and separated. From May 24-28, Hermann was sent to Buchenwald, then to Dora-Mittelbau, where he was a doctor in the Jewish infirmary. In April 1945, Hermann was sent on a death march to Ravensbrück, then to Woebbelin, where he was freed by American forces in early May. He returned to Prague, where he was reunited with Elizabeth. Elizabeth was sent from Auschwitz to Stutthof concentration camp, where she was liberated on May 9, 1945. Hermann and Elizabeth left for the US in 1948.

use:  1944 May-1945 May
use: Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Oświęcim (Poland)
use: Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
use: Dora (concentration camp); Nordhausen (Thuringia, Germany)
use: Ravensbrück (Concentration camp); Ravensbrück (Germany)
use: Wobbelin (Concentration camp); Wobbelin (Germany)
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Jackets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elizabeth Scharf, in memory of her husband, Dr. Louis Scharf, and Adalbert "Bela" Rosenbaum
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:22:12
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