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Small two pronged bale hook with swastikas drawn on the wooden handle

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Small forked bale hook with hand drawn swastikas that may be been used in Europe during the Holocaust. This short type of hook generally would be used to move bags and bundles in warehouses.

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  • Title: Small two pronged bale hook with swastikas drawn on the wooden handle
  • Provenance: The baling hook was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004 by the Estate of Robert L. White.
  • Subject Keywords: Hooks--History.
  • Type: Tools and Equipment
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Cylindrical turned dark brown wooden handle into which is inserted an iron rod that extends into two sharply pointed, curved prongs. The rod is wrapped in stained cord and the handle is stained, scratched, and worn from use. A swastika has been crudely drawn in blue ink onto each circular flat handle edge.
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