Zsusi Hirshcler made this aluminium ring from scrap metal in a German ammunitions factory. It bears the initials of her mother, Irene Hirschler. The Hirschlers were from Kapolnasnyek, a village near Budapest in Hungary. Irene, Zsusi and her sister Anna were taken to a ghetto in Szekesfegervar, Hungary in May 1944.
Zsusi and Anna were separated from their mother in 1944 on their way to Auschwitz. Later that year, the sisters were transferred from Auschwitz to Lippstadt. There, they manufactured parts for V-2 rockets alongside 800 other women. Zsusi used scrap aluminium to make small rings, which she traded to German workers for bread.
Donated by Anna Weber (nee Hirshcler)
Says Anna of the extra food Zsusi obtained by trading rings: “It helped a lot… she was very good to me, she was like a mother, always I was the first… I don’t think I could survive without her.”
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