Silver plated ashtray with an engraving of Skansen Kronan acquired by a former concentration camp inmate
1945 December-1946 October
Personal Equipment and Supplies
- Object Type
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Bogatyrow Kraft
Ashtray acquired by 21 year old Sali Berl circa 1946 in Goteborg, Sweden, while she was recovering from severe malnutrition and typhus resulting from over 3 years as a concentration camp prisoner. When Sali was liberated from Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1945, she weighed 54 pounds. The Red Cross hospitalized her and then sent her to Sweden to recuperate. On March 15, 1939, Sali’s hometown, Brno, was annexed by Nazi Germany. In September 1941, Sali’s father Herman, a leader in the community, was executed by the Gestapo. In December, Sali’s older brother Leon was deported to Auschwitz, where he later died. On March 22, 1942, Sali, her mother Helene, and her siblings Malvine and Arnold were sent to Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp. Helene was deported to Auschwitz on March 20, 1944, and immediately sent to the gas chambers. On October 9, Sali and her siblings were deported to Auschwitz. Arnold was killed in the gas chambers upon arrival. Sali and Malvine stayed together and were sent to Kurzbach labor camp on October 23. On January 21, 1945, the sisters were sent on a forced march to Gross-Rosen concentration camp. In early February, they were sent to Buchenwald, then, in March, to Bergen-Belsen. The camp was liberated by British forces on April 15, the day Sali's sister Malvine, 24, died of starvation. Sali emigrated to the United States from Sweden in October 1946.
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Also in Sali Berl Bogatyrow collection
The collection consists of an ashtray, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of Sali Berl after the Holocaust in Sweden and the United States.
Consists of telegrams, correspondence, notebooks, photographs, testimony, birth certificate and restitution paperwork related to the Holocaust experiences of Sali Berl Bogatyrow, originally of Brno. Includes correspondence related to finding family, immigration, and obtaining restitution compensation.