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Glass keepsake box with a silver lid used by a German Jewish refugee nurse and postwar aid worker in Bergen-Belsen DP camp 2005.579.19_a-b closed

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Small glass box with a silver lid box owned by Alice Redlich while she served as a nurse at the displaced persons camp established in the former concentration camp in Germany after the war. The British army liberated Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1945, and it then became a DP camp. Alice and her family were German Jews living in Berlin during the rise of the Nazi dictatorship. In 1938, 18 year old Alice left for England to continue her nurse's training. She volunteered with the Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad and, in September 1946, she left for the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp to care for children and young women. Her mother, father, brother, and grandmother were all murdered in Auschwitz. She met and married Hans Finke, a fellow German Jewish relief worker, at the camp in 1948. Hans had been a prisoner of Monowitz, Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen, Flossenberg, and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. His parents were murdered in Auschwitz and his sister survived in hiding.

Small glass box with a silver lid box owned by Alice Redlich while she served as a nurse at the displaced persons camp established in the former concentration camp in Germany after the war. The British army liberated Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1945, and it then became a DP camp. Alice and her family were German Jews living in Berlin during the rise of the Nazi dictatorship. In 1938, 18 year old Alice left for England to continue her nurse's training. She volunteered with the Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad and, in September 1946, she left for the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp to care for children and young women. Her mother, father, brother, and grandmother were all murdered in Auschwitz. She met and married Hans Finke, a fellow German Jewish relief worker, at the camp in 1948. Hans had been a prisoner of Monowitz, Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen, Flossenberg, and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. His parents were murdered in Auschwitz and his sister survived in hiding.

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  • Title: Glass keepsake box with a silver lid used by a German Jewish refugee nurse and postwar aid worker in Bergen-Belsen DP camp 2005.579.19_a-b closed
  • Provenance: The box was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Alice Fink, the wife of John Fink., The box was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Alice Fink, the wife of John Fink.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives. Jewish refugees--United states. Jews--Germany--Berlin. Nurses--Germany--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief--Germany., Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives. Jewish refugees--United states. Jews--Germany--Berlin. Nurses--Germany--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief--Germany.
  • Type: Containers, Containers
  • 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. Rectangular, thick bottomed, clear glass box base with wide beveled side corners and slightly beveled edges on the underside. There is a quarter inch inset shelf around the top upon which the metal lid (b) rests when closed. The glass is cloudy in areas and the top is chipped. b. Rectangular, tarnished, silver colored metal lid with a convex top center bordered by a flat rim with rounded edges for use with a glass base, (a.), a. Rectangular, thick bottomed, clear glass box base with wide beveled side corners and slightly beveled edges on the underside. There is a quarter inch inset shelf around the top upon which the metal lid (b) rests when closed. The glass is cloudy in areas and the top is chipped. b. Rectangular, tarnished, silver colored metal lid with a convex top center bordered by a flat rim with rounded edges for use with a glass base, (a.)

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