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Concentration camp uniform owned postwar by a Belgian Jewish survivor

Object | Accession Number: 2012.441.2 a-b

Concentration camp uniform acquired after the war by Natan Caron, who at age 20 was deported from Belgium and imprisoned in several concentration camps from 1942 to 1945. He said this uniform is nearly identical to the one he was issued in Auschwitz. Natan used it during talks he gave to educate people about the Holocaust. When Germany invaded Belgium on May 10, 1940, Natan, parents Abraham and Ryfka, and sister Marie, 14, lived in Brussels. On June 26, 1942, Abraham and Natan were deported to Dannes-Camiers labor camp in northern France. On October 31, they were deported to Auschwitz via Mechelen. Natan was assigned prisoner number 72363 and selected to labor in Jawischowitz, a subcamp of Auschwitz built around a coal mine. On January 15, 1943, Ryfka and Marie were deported to Auschwitz and killed upon arrival. On December 18, 1943, Abraham was sent to Golleschau slave labor camp. As the Soviets approached in January 1945, Natan was sent on a forced march to Buchenwald and assigned prisoner number 117583. He was transported to Ohrdruf, Crawinkel, and Espenfeld subcamps, before being sent back to Buchenwald. Natan was liberated in Buchenwald by the US Army on April 11, 1945, and repatriated to Belgium later that month. Abraham was sent to Sachsenhausen, then Mauthausen, liberated on May 5, 1945, and repatriated to Brussels.

received:  after 1945 April
Clothing and Dress
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Michael and Debi Caron
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:25:23
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