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Silver plated ashtray with an engraving of Skansen Kronan acquired by a former concentration camp inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2013.496.2

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.

received:  1945 December-1946 October
received: Gothenburg (Sweden)
Object Type
Ashtrays (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Bogatyrow Kraft
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:27:18
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