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Object ID

2019.2.103

Object Name

Postcard, Photographic

Date

12-12-1946

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Photo of man with glasses wearing striped concentration camp hat and shirt labelled with "82221." Back of photo signed "René Lambrechts" near bottom.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:

Rene Lambrechts was a Belgian author and hymnist. During WWII, he had been a liaison officer in the Belgian resistance. Arrested in November 1943, he spent the remainder of the war in various concentration camps, including the infamous Dora-Mittelbau near Nordhausen, where he was severely injured.

After the war Lambrechts wrote “Wir Muselmanner” about his experiences in captivity. Muselmanner is a derogation of Moslems, but in the vernacular of the concentration camps it refers to the walking dead, those prisoners who, dispirited and in increasingly poor physical health give up all hope for survival. Lambrechts also devoted himself to ethnography and hymnology, publishing collections of folk tales and hymns. He co-founded the museum Die Swane and became its first conservator.

In the photograph, Lambrechts is wearing his concentration camp garments. Verso is text written to his friend and fellow prisoner Jos Veeran, an inmate from concentration camp Dora-Mittelbau and political prisoner from Gross Strehlitz. Lambrechts writes:

To Jos Veerman, my brother from the hell of hate and murder. As a remembrance of our “Musselmanship” Rene Lambrechts 12 December 1946.

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Dimensions

5 1/2 x 3 1/2"

Keywords

Rene Lambrechts, Joseph Veerman, Dora-Mittelbau, Muselmanner

Subcollection

Concentration

Belgian Author Rene Lambrechts (1923-1981) Photograph with  Written Statement to Friend

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