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Bar of soap issued to a Polish Jewish concentration camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 1994.55.6

Bar of brown, waxy soap issued to Edmund Graf while imprisoned at Flossenbürg and Altenhammer concentration camps from August 4, 1944 to April 23, 1945. When Edmund was handed the soap, he was told that it had been made from the “remains of Jewish victims,” but this rumor was not true. Germany invaded Poland in September 1939. In 1940, Edmund fled to Soviet occupied Lwow, but returned home after German invaded in June 1941. In December, he was sent to Pustkow slave labor camp. He was then transported to Mielec and Wieliczka slave labor camps and Flossenbürg and Altenhammer concentration camps, where he worked in airplane factories. On April 23, 1945 Edmund was liberated from Altenhammer by the US Army. Later, Edmund learned that his brother went to Palestine illegally in 1946 or 1947. The rest of Edmund’s family perished.

issue:  approximately 1944 August-approximately 1945 April
issue: Flossenbürg (Concentration camp); Flossenbürg (Germany)
use: Altenhammer (Concentration camp); Altenhammer (Germany)
Object Type
Soap (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Edmund Graf
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:22:27
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