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Concentration camp uniform jacket worn by a Polish Jewish woman in multiple concentration camps

Object | Accession Number: 1989.162.1

Striped concentration camp uniform jacket, winter issue, provided to 31 year old Mania Ganzweich in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and worn from 1943 to 1945 in Birkenau, Ravensbrueck, Malchow, and Taucha concentration camps. Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Mania and her second husband, Szlama Ganzweich, moved from Czestochowa to her hometown Sosnowiec, joining her daughter from her first marriage, Halina Merin, and her parents Pinchas and Chana Grandapel. Mania’s first husband Moniek Merin was head of the Judenrat. After Moniek was sent to Auschwitz in June 1943, Mania paid a Polish farmer to hide Halina. In August 1943, as the ghetto was liquidated, Mania joined Halina. They were captured around September 1943 and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Mania was assigned prisoner number 76335 and Halina 76336. On January 18, 1945, they were sent on forced marches to Ravensbrück, Malchow, and Taucha. After the guards abandoned Taucha in April 1945, Mania and Halina fled into the woods and were liberated by American troops. In Erding, Germany, they were reunited with two of Mania’s sisters. Mania’s parents and third sister were killed in Auschwitz and her brother and his family were killed in Treblinka. Mania and Halina immigrated to the United States in 1947.

use:  approximately 1943 September-1945 April
received: Birkenau (Concentration camp); Brzezinka (Wojewodztwo Malopolskie, Poland)
use: Ravensbrück (Concentration camp); Ravensbrück (Germany)
use: Malchow (Concentration camp); Malchow (Germany)
use: Taucha (Concentration camp); Taucha (Saxony, Germany)
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Jackets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mary Schubert, In memory of her brother Iziek Grandapel
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:16:38
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