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collecting artifacts




When World War II was drawing to its close in April 1945, the first ex-prisoners from the concentration camps began to arrive with the White Buses. Zygmunt Lakocinski immediately volunteered to translate. He learned that many of the women had taken with them original documents, which gave witness to the crimes and cruelties that the Nazis had done. Besides this, they also had with them small items which that they had made, been given, or found in the camps and had kept.

The authorities were afraid of contagious diseases and wanted to destroy all the clothes that the former prisoners had worn when they arrived. Lakocinski realized the historical value of saving these clothes and objects. Through contacts, he succeeded in saving a bunch of things from being burned. He also collected many personal items from former prisoners, and he even had help from the former prisoners. In this way, an exciting collection of artifacts grew, and a great portion is now at Kulturen in Lund.


Ravensbrück, the camp
the White Buses
reception in Sweden
collecting artifacts

the artifacts

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