Lot 241

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A very rare relic, a doll almost undoubtedly made in a concentration camp's sewing room and probably used as entertainment of perhaps given as a gift. The 22" doll bears a papier mache head with a caricature of a Jew's face with a hooked nose, large ears, etc. The remnants of pieces of hand-stitched white fur remain glued to the figure's scalp, and fur in the shape of a moustache and beard was also once glued on the face. The head is attached to a body dressed in beige twill with brown trim, the body also fitted with hands and black feet. Glass buttons are affixed at front, and a prisoner number, Star of David and a belt made from a scrap of concentration camp uniform have also been affixed to the figure. There are one or two small hand-stitched repairs. The doll is stuffed with scraps of cloth and thread, typical of what one would fine on the floor of a sewing room. Such sewing rooms did exist at the camps, making uniforms, head gear, etc. This is by no means a commercially manufactured piece! The doll was discovered by our consignor in a suitcase found by him in Germany which contained similar dolls which also bore caricature features of Jews. We can only speculate why this doll was made - on order by a camp guard or officer? For use to amuse children...or adults? Unique.

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July 7, 2015 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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