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Armband handstitched with a red cross and Star of David by a concentration camp inmate and nurse

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Armband worn by Annie Rose Levine while she was imprisoned in Auschwitz concentration camp. In June 1942, Annie, her husband, Benjamin, and their 4 children were deported by the Germans from Sered, Czechoslovakia, (Slovakia) to Auschwitz. In September, Benjamin was beaten to death by camp guards for saying the Kaddish over a dead bunk mate. In 1943, Annie began working as a nurse in the camp hospital. An SS section leader made her his private nurse. One day, he asked her to get a paper from a box beneath his bed. Also in the box was her husband’s wedding ring. That day, Annie secretly stitched the Star of David and her initials inside the armband, in memory of her husband, who would always be her shining star. Annie and one daughter, Evey, were the only family members who survived.

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  • Title: Armband handstitched with a red cross and Star of David by a concentration camp inmate and nurse
  • Provenance: The armband was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2008 by Barbara Dossey on behalf of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, which had received it as a donation in 2000 from the family of Annie Rose Levine.
  • Subject Keywords: Deportees--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Czechoslovakia--Personal narratives. Nurses--Poland--Biography. Women concentration camp inmates--Poland--Oswiecim--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Czechoslovakia.
  • Type: Identifying Artifacts
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Rectangular white cloth armband with hemmed edges folded in half to create 2 layers. A red cloth cross is stitched on the front center. On the other side, inside the armband, is an outline of a stitched cross, a Star of David and initials embroidered in blue thread. A letter is stamped in black ink at the bottom center. There is a rectangular cut-out along the right lower hem, with remnants of a printed letter in the lower right corner.

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