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Two combs from the Ravensbrück women's camp

Opening price: $500

Commission: 23%

Sold: $4,000
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Two combs from Ravensbrück women's camp. [Early 1940s].

The combs were collected in the camp, and preserved after the war by two surviving camp prisoners, in a home in Jerusalem for over 60 years.

Ravensbrück camp (some 100 km north of Berlin) was considered the largest women's concentration camp (later also became an extermination camp) in Germany. At its peak, together with its subcamps, the camp held about 46,100 female prisoners. The Jewish female prisoners in the camp were forced to wear a yellow badge. As part of the general trend of exploiting camp inmates for the war economy and weapons industry in particular, the Siemens company established production facilities in the camp starting in June 1942, where camp inmates were forced to work. Conditions in the camp were insufferably harsh. Thousands of prisoners were shot to death, choked, gassed, buried alive or worked to death. Ravensbrück became known as one of the camps where German doctors conducted cruel experiments on human beings starting in August 1942. The camp claimed the lives of about 40,000 victims.

Length: 26 cm. Good condition.

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69. Two combs from the Ravensbrück women's camp