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Dinner fork with an SS emblem acquired by a Lithuanian Jewish concentration camp inmate

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Table fork with a Nazi SS emblem owned by Getzel Fingerhut, likely acquired after his liberation from Dachau 10 slave labor camp, where he was imprisoned from August 1944-March/April 1945. In August 1941, Getzel and his family were interned in the ghetto in German occupied Siauliai, Lithuania. Getzel was in a series of forced labor camps until July 1944, when the remaining Jews in the ghetto were deported to Stutthof concentration camp. Getzel was able to stay with his father, Josef, and his brother, Eliahu, during the transfer to Dachau , where he worked repairing locomotives and machines. The camp was evacuated by death march in April 1945. The prisoners were used to shield the German guards from Allied bombers. The men were liberated by US troops on April 30, near Wolfranhausen, and re-settled in Feldafing displaced persons camp.

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  • Title: Dinner fork with an SS emblem acquired by a Lithuanian Jewish concentration camp inmate
  • Provenance: The fork was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1998 by George J. Fine.
  • Subject Keywords: Concentration camp inmates--Germany--Dachau--Biography. Death marches--Germany--Biography. Holocaust survivors--Canada--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Lithuania--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jews--Persecutions--Lithuania--Siauliai--Biography. Slave labor--Germany--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Conscript labor--Germany--Personal narratives, Jewish.
  • Type: Household Utensils
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Stainless steel dinner fork with a flat handle end with angled corners, stamped SS runes, and a raised center. The handle arches and narrows at the neck and has 4 elongated tines. The bottom is smooth with a stamped maker's mark.

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