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Scarf of Magda Edelmann



This half of a scarf belonged to Magda Edelmann from Kosice, Slovakia. In 1944, 19-year-old Magda was sent to Kaiserwald, a work camp in Latvia. She was assigned to sorting people’s belongings and searching for valuables hidden inside them.

While sorting these belongings Magda found a gold coin. She decided to steal the coin to buy bread for her sisters, who were with her at Kaiserwald. After buying a slice of bread with the coin, she noticed another girl who had gotten hold of a square scarf. Magda thought her shaved head would look much better under the polka dotted scarf, so she swapped the bread for half of the cloth. If Magda had worn it, she would have been beaten, so she hid the scarf for safekeeping. She was finally able to wear it on her journey home after Liberation.

                                                       Donated by Magda Spira (nee Edelmann)

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