• Towel acquired at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen (colour swatches)

Towel acquired at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen

Museum Work

Resource TypeObjects
Date of CreationUnknown, acquired in 1945
GenreDaily Life & Household
Object ID2000.012.005
CreatorUnknown, issued by Waffen SS
Place of CreationAcquired from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
DescriptionThin, white woven cotton with two blue stripes at each end. Initials "ML" embroidered in blue thread in one corner. "447" handwritten in black on the top right and bottom left corners. "SS Waffen" stamped on verso. Overall yellowing. 
Materials/Techniquescotton
Measurements40 cm x 96.5 cm
ProvenanceGifted to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in 2000 by Judy Levit. 

The donor's father, Mayer Levit, was a prisoner of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and at the time of liberation in 1945 took the towel from a store of linens left behind by the Nazis.
Classificationtowels
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Judy Levit
Note"The monogram of the previous owner is embroidered onto one corner of the towel, remarkably the same as Mayer's own: ML."
—from "A 'Silent Survior's' Story Survives" by Chris Friedrichs, Zachor, June 2000.