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Striped concentration camp uniform jacket worn by a Polish Jewish inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1993.34.1

Concentration camp summer weight uniform jacket worn by 31 year old Symcho (later Simcha) Dymant from December 24, 1944, to April 11, 1945, in Buchenwald concentration camp. When Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Symcho was living in Czestochowa with his wife Tonia and 3 year old son Aaron. The family was forced into the ghetto after it was established in April 1941. Symcho escaped and, because he spoke German, was able to get a civilian job in a German military installation by assuming the identity of a non-Jewish Polish person. In September 1942, Tonia, Aaron, and the rest of Symcho’s family were sent to Treblinka and killed. The SS discovered that Symcho was Jewish and he was deported to Buchenwald in Germany, arriving on December 24, 1944. He was assigned prisoner number 15349 and was a slave laborer in a nearby military factory. On April 11, 1945, Symcho was liberated by American forces. He lived in Fulda displaced persons camps before joining Kibbutz Buchenwald, started by former camp inmates. A rabbi associated with the group arranged for the Kibbutz members to emigrate to Palestine in September 1945.

Date
1944 December 24-1945 April 11  (use)
Geography
issue : Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
use : Buchenwald (Concentration camp); Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Jackets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dr. Jacob Dimant
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:48
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