Plain with parallel sitches of the same color as the fabric. Quilted blanket issued at Auschwitz concentration camp. Narrative: Marcus (Max) Appelboom was born in Amsterdam (Netherlands) in 1898. He was sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1943 and from there to Auschwitz concentration camp. The blanket accompanied him from Auschwitz through several other places, including on a death march, and he brought it back to the Netherlands with him after liberation. He was a tailor and built up a successful business in Antwerp (Belgium) after the war. He died in 1963 in Antwerp.
Brown and black comb with thin teeth along the top edge. The bottom edge widens out and has a slight curve; the side has a convex curve.
Narrative: 30 female prisoners of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau used this comb, including Margit Kohan. Margit was originally from Beclean, in the Transylvania region of Romania. She was deported to Auschwitz in April 1944 and assigned to work in "Kanada", the warehouse where the goods confiscated from the prisoners were stored and sorted. Possession of such a personal item in the camp was forbidden. After Auschwitz, Margaret was transferred to other concentration camps to manufacture ammunition and was finally liberated in the camp of Terezin (Theresienstadt) in the Czech Republic. The comb was given to the museum by her husband, Andor Mihaly.
Concentration camp prisoner uniform jacket made of striped cotton fabric. Jacket has three pockets, two at the bottom and one on the left side of the chest; 5 buttons in the front. Narrative: Zigmund (Sigmund) Schick was born on November 26, 1920 in Somotor, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia). At age 7, his family moved to Antwerp, Belgium. Zigmund became a plumber. On July 18, 1942 he is sent along with 300 other Jews from Antwerp to the “Judenlager” of Les Mazures near the French city of Charleville-Mézières. On October 24, 1942 he is deported on transport 15 from Malines to Auschwitz where he arrives on October 26, 1942. Zigmund was selected to forced labour and was given the proisoner number 70672. He was sent to Jawischowitz (Jawiszowice), a subcamp of Auschwitz where he probably worked in the coal mines. Following Jawischowitz, he was sent to another labour camp in Wroclaw (Breslau). Zigmund was part of a death march from Breslau to Gross Rosen which left between January 23 and 25, 1945. It is believed that Zigmund escaped the death march along with two other prisoners before being liberated by the Russian army on January 29, 1945. Zigmund was repatriated to Belgium on May 3, 1945. He immigrated to Canada in 1951 along with his wife and their son.