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Cigarette holder made from found materials for a Jewish British Army medic by fellow inmates

Object | Accession Number: 2013.482.1

Colorful, handcrafted cigarette holder made from found objects for Walter Wharton, a Jewish British Army medic, by fellow prisoners, some also Jewish, whom he cared for while interned in a concentration camp or prisoner-of-war camp in Germany from 1942 to 1945. Walter was deployed circa 1942 with the British Army Medical Corps in North Africa. He was captured after the British surrendered to German forces in Tobruk, Libya, on June 21, 1942. Walter was sent to a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy. He escaped, was re-captured, and then sent to a prisoner-of war camp in Germany. Walter was eventually sent to a concentration camp, possibly Dachau, where he worked in the camp hospital. Dachau was liberated by American forces on April 29, 1945.

Date
after 1942 July-approximately 1945 May  (received)
Geography
received : Germany
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David Wharton
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:56
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