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Engraved gold wedding ring acquired by an inmate while in Kaufering concentration camp

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Gold wedding ring acquired by Louis Pearl in Kaufering concentration camp in Germany in 1944. Louis met his bride-to-be, Flora Stark, in the SS kitchen at the camp. They got to know one another through smuggled letters. In the spring of 1945, Louis bartered for 2 gold rings brought into the camp by inmates from the liquidated Lodz ghetto. He had a dentist inscribe the rings: Lajos 1944 Flora. Flora’s ring was confiscated when they attempted to smuggle it to her in the women’s camp. In April 1945, the Germans liquidated the camp and the women were sent on a death march. Flora was liberated in Buchberg, Germany. Louis was transferred to Allach where he was liberated. He immediately went to find Flora to propose marriage. They reunited in May 1945, and after going to Hungary and searching unsuccessfully for any remaining relatives, were married in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on November 4, 1945.

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  • Title: Engraved gold wedding ring acquired by an inmate while in Kaufering concentration camp
  • Provenance: The wedding ring was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2006 by Flora and Louis Pearl.
  • Subject Keywords: Concentration camp inmates--Germany--Kaufering--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Czechoslovakia--Personal narratives. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Hungary--Personal narratives. Women concentration camp inmates--Germany--Kaufering--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Czechoslovakia. World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Hungary.
  • Type: Jewelry
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Plain gold wedding band with an inscription engraved on the interior.

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