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Cigarette lighter crafted from a bullet shell casing by a prisoner in a Soviet labor camp

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Cigarette lighter fabricated by Laszlo Weisz while he was imprisoned in a forced labor camp in Russia. He was a master watchmaker and bartered his services to obtain provisions while in the camps. Weisz was 29 years old and living with his wife and 5 year old son, Peter, in his hometown of Kunszentmarton, Hungary, when he was conscripted into a forced labor battalion in June of 1942. He was transferred to several labor units in Hungary, Poland, and the Soviet Union. At the end of the war in late 1944-1945, he was in a labor camp in Dnepropetrovsk in the Soviet Union. He returned to Hungary and learned that his wife and son had been killed in Auschwitz death camp.

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  • Title: Cigarette lighter crafted from a bullet shell casing by a prisoner in a Soviet labor camp
  • Provenance: The cigarette lighter was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Robert Weisz, the son of Laszlo Weisz.
  • Subject Keywords: Forced labor--Soviet Union. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Hungary--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Conscript labor. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Hungarian.
  • Type: Personal Equipment and Supplies
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Two cylinders attached by a metal band: the larger cylinder is a repurposed bullet shell casing, with a large screw on the bottom, and a reeded edge. The opposite side has a tapered end and a reeded edge. The smaller cylinder has a wheel with a reeded edge that strikes against the other form.

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