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Gem micromatic safety razor and case given to a concentration camp inmate after liberation 1999.150.1_a front

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Gem safety razor and case given to 24-year-old Morris Rosen after his liberation from Theresienstadt concentration camp on May 9, 1945. Following the occupation of Poland by Germany in September 1939, Morris, his parents, and 10 siblings were interned in the Jewish ghetto in Dabrowa Gornicza. From 1942-1944, the Germans transferred Morris through a series of camps: a labor camp in Szczcakowa, Sosnowitz and Annaberg concentration camps, and Gruenberg and Kretschamberg labor camps. In early 1945, Morris was in Kretschamberg labor camp when the Germans decided to evacuate the inmates because of the Soviet Army advance. The inmates began a death march to Buchenwald in Germany, then to Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, where they were liberated by Soviet forces in May 1945. Morris searched for his family, and learned that five of his siblings had survived. His parents had perished in Auschwitz. Morris lived for a time in the New Palestine displaced persons camp in Salzburg, Austria, and then emigrated to the United States in 1949.

Gem safety razor and case given to 24-year-old Morris Rosen after his liberation from Theresienstadt concentration camp on May 9, 1945. Following the occupation of Poland by Germany in September 1939, Morris, his parents, and 10 siblings were interned in the Jewish ghetto in Dabrowa Gornicza. From 1942-1944, the Germans transferred Morris through a series of camps: a labor camp in Szczcakowa, Sosnowitz and Annaberg concentration camps, and Gruenberg and Kretschamberg labor camps. In early 1945, Morris was in Kretschamberg labor camp when the Germans decided to evacuate the inmates because of the Soviet Army advance. The inmates began a death march to Buchenwald in Germany, then to Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, where they were liberated by Soviet forces in May 1945. Morris searched for his family, and learned that five of his siblings had survived. His parents had perished in Auschwitz. Morris lived for a time in the New Palestine displaced persons camp in Salzburg, Austria, and then emigrated to the United States in 1949.

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  • Title: Gem micromatic safety razor and case given to a concentration camp inmate after liberation 1999.150.1_a front
  • Provenance: The razor and case were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1999 by Morris Rosen., The razor and case were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1999 by Morris Rosen.
  • Subject Keywords: Concentration camp inmates--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Death marches--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives, Jewish. Holocaust survivors--United States--Biography. Jewish refugees--Austria--Biography. World War (1939-1945)--Conscript labor--Personal narratives, Jewish., Concentration camp inmates--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Death marches--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives, Jewish. Holocaust survivors--United States--Biography. Jewish refugees--Austria--Biography. World War (1939-1945)--Conscript labor--Personal narratives, Jewish.
  • 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: a. Silver colored, shiny, metal safety razor with a slightly tapered, cylindrical handle with fluted vertical lines and 2 rings near the base. The handle attaches to the underside of the rectangular razor head. The base rotates to open and close the rectangular, smooth angled, hinged blade cover over the head. The head has a rectangular cut-out on either side and 2 rectangular openings near the closed comb, non-detachable safety guard on the lower edge. The head front and reverse have engraved English text. b. Rectangular silver colored metal razor case covered with worn, treated black cloth made to resemble leather. The hinged lid and base are nearly identical in size and have rounded corners. The interior is lined with dark blue cloth with the brand name stamped on the lid interior. The base interior has a metal insert with 2 recessed spaces: one fitted for the razor (a); the other is rectangular, probably for blades. The base lining is detached on the upper right corner., a. Silver colored, shiny, metal safety razor with a slightly tapered, cylindrical handle with fluted vertical lines and 2 rings near the base. The handle attaches to the underside of the rectangular razor head. The base rotates to open and close the rectangular, smooth angled, hinged blade cover over the head. The head has a rectangular cut-out on either side and 2 rectangular openings near the closed comb, non-detachable safety guard on the lower edge. The head front and reverse have engraved English text. b. Rectangular silver colored metal razor case covered with worn, treated black cloth made to resemble leather. The hinged lid and base are nearly identical in size and have rounded corners. The interior is lined with dark blue cloth with the brand name stamped on the lid interior. The base interior has a metal insert with 2 recessed spaces: one fitted for the razor (a); the other is rectangular, probably for blades. The base lining is detached on the upper right corner.

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