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, 1939

For male prisoners in NS concentration camps, the following dress was provided: 1 cloth jacket, 1 pair of cloth pants, 1 cloth coat, 1 set of overalls, 1 cap, 2 sets of underwear, 2 pairs of socks, 1 pair of footwraps or footies, 1 wool west, 1 set of earmuffs, 1 work apron and 1 pair of laced shoes or wooden clogs. That is what it said on paper. The winter 1939/40 was the coldest in over 100 years. Temperatures dropped to as low as -20°C. In the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, the death rate grew from 266 in December to almost 700 in January. Many prisoners experienced frostbite in the decrepit clothing. The ear muffs in our exhibition were made from rags in a concentration camp workshop. They were worn by the Czech inmate Jaroslav Purs who was admitted on 09 December 1939. He survived and later donated his mementos to the Sachsenhausen Memorial.


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