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the artifacts




Lakocinski’s collection of artifacts was entrusted to Kulturen in Lund. By interviewing the people who had been imprisoned at the camp, we have great knowledge about the meaning of the artifacts.

Far from all prisoners had opportunity to create things. Prisoners who worked in the textile factories, or who worked sorting through the clothes and personal belongings of the newly arrived prisoners, had the possibility to “organize” bits and pieces, which could be used to make things. Those who worked in the office could “organize” paper and pens. They used the word “organize” because they saw what they did as an act of resistance and not theft. They put themselves at great risk to get what they wanted.

Where did they hide the things they made or obtained? They hid them under their dresses, in their shoes, the dug holes in their hay mattresses, under floorboards, in the roof. In an environment whose purpose was to annihilate personal identity, where a person was a mere number among thousands, the object became a confirmation that you really were someone. “To own something was a fortune,” said one former prisoner

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

the artifacts