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Engraved ring made from a spoon for a Jewish Latvian boy in Riga ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2013.474.3

Silver ring made from a spoon for 14 year old Isaak Racs (later Jack Ratz) in Riga ghetto and worn in several concentration camps. Following a mass execution in the ghetto, a jeweler offered to make commemorative jewelry for anyone who could bring him silver. Isaak brought him a silver spoon and had the ring engraved with his Hebrew initials and the date his mother and three younger brothers were murdered. Latvia was invaded by Nazi Germany on July 1, 1941. That summer, Isaak was forced into the Jewish ghetto with his parents, Moses and Tema, and three younger brothers, Rafael, Chona, and Aron. On December 8, 1941, his mother and brothers were executed during liquidation of the ghetto. Isaak and his father were forced laborers in the small ghetto, until they were sent to Lenta labor camp in 1943. Around August 1944, Isaak and Moses were transferred to Stutthof concentration camp. In October, they were sent to Burggraben and worked for the Schichau-Werft shipyard in Danzig. In December 1944 or early 1945, they were sent on a forced march to Goddentow. On March 9, 1945, the prisoners were ordered on another march, but Isaak and Moses escaped into the woods. They were liberated by Soviet forces on March 10. They then lived in Landsberg displaced persons camp. Isaak emigrated to the US in 1947. Moses joined him in 1949.

commemoration:  1941 December 08
use:  1942-1945
creation:  1942
creation: Riga ghetto; Riga (Latvia)
use: Lenta (Concentration camp); Riga (Latvia)
use: Stutthof (Concentration camp); Sztutowo (Poland)
use: Burggraben (Concentration camp); Danzig (Germany)
use: Goddentow (Concentration camp); Godetowo (Poland)
Object Type
Rings (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jack Ratz
Record last modified: 2021-08-20 10:24:27
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