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Black beret owned postwar by a Belgian Jewish man interned in multiple concentration camps

Object | Accession Number: 2012.441.3

Black wool beret worn postwar by Natan Chorowicz, who at age 20 was deported from Belgium and imprisoned in concentration camps from 1942 to 1945. 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.

Date
after 1945 April  (received)
Geography
use : Brussels (Belgium)
Language
English
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Headgear
Object Type
Berets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Michael and Debi Caron
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:12
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