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Engraved lighter from a displaced persons camp 2005.417.2 open

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Engraved lighter made for Tibor Stern by a Spanish acquaintance as a memento of Tibor's stay in the Cinecitta displaced persons camp in Rome, Italy, after World War II. In 1942, Tibor tried to escape from Nazi-allied Hungary, but was caught and sentenced to 10 years hard labor. In 1945, he was sent to Dresden and placed under SS control to help clean debris after the bombing of the city, then taken on a death march until he was liberated by Russian forces. He ended up in the Cinecitta DP camp, from which he emigrated to the United States in 1948.

Engraved lighter made for Tibor Stern by a Spanish acquaintance as a memento of Tibor's stay in the Cinecitta displaced persons camp in Rome, Italy, after World War II. In 1942, Tibor tried to escape from Nazi-allied Hungary, but was caught and sentenced to 10 years hard labor. In 1945, he was sent to Dresden and placed under SS control to help clean debris after the bombing of the city, then taken on a death march until he was liberated by Russian forces. He ended up in the Cinecitta DP camp, from which he emigrated to the United States in 1948.

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  • Title: Engraved lighter from a displaced persons camp 2005.417.2 open
  • Provenance: The lighter was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Tibor Stern., The lighter was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Tibor Stern.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Hungary. Jewish refugees--Italy. Refugee camps--Italy--Rome. World War, 1936-1945--Refugees., Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Hungary. Jewish refugees--Italy. Refugee camps--Italy--Rome. World War, 1936-1945--Refugees.
  • Type: Personal Equipment and Supplies, Personal Equipment and Supplies
  • Rights: Permanent Collection, Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Silver-colored, metal, closed cylinder with one flat end and one round end, made to resemble a bullet. There are 4 bands with etched cross-hatching around shaft, 2 at each end. Text is etched along shaft. Round end unscrews , revealing the apparatus for a lighter: a flint wheel and a wick hole. Flat end unscrews, revealing compartment for holding lighter fluid., Silver-colored, metal, closed cylinder with one flat end and one round end, made to resemble a bullet. There are 4 bands with etched cross-hatching around shaft, 2 at each end. Text is etched along shaft. Round end unscrews , revealing the apparatus for a lighter: a flint wheel and a wick hole. Flat end unscrews, revealing compartment for holding lighter fluid.

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