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Jul 30, 2019 (Your local time)
 1 Abraham Ferrera, Jerusalem

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LOT 47:

A complete and closed cigarette box manufactured in the Lodz ghetto

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A cigarette box manufactured by PRIMA REKORD, produced in the Lodz Ghetto [ALTESTE LITZMANNSTADTER ZIGARETTENHULSENFABRIK]. A box full of cigarettes that did not open. rare.

A cigarette box that was manufactured in the Lodz ghetto and survived in full Cigarette. boxes of this kind played a major role in saving the Jews of the ghetto. According to various testimonies, boxes of this kind saved Jews from death when they served as bribes for the Kapo and SS soldiers. Thus, for example, the survivor Yehiel Dinur [K. Tzetnik] in his book 'The Dollhouse':

"Lie a yellow bastard" - Spitz turned his face to old Acha Meir. his anger burned in him: 
'This Jew will not get up from the bench anymore'. The ari suddenly remembered something, an idea flickered in his mind, he came up to the kapo and whispered in his ear: 'Spitz, I have a hospital in RECORD 6. So why have you felt so far? ...Back to the burrows!' He shouted with mock fury to the two Jews, I will settle my accounts with you another time!'.R.6 This is a privileged German cigarette, which only the Reichsdeutsch can be smoked, and is rolled into ari in the camp. Now that Spitz was about the life of the two registered Jews and the tools of his destruction, and a way to save them was gone, the ari suddenly remembered the camp commander's gift - and his R.6 was redeeming two Jews from the fate of the mortuary.

Rumkowski was convinced that Jewish industry would ensure the survival of the ghetto ("work for the rescue"), as long as the produce of the ghetto work would be beneficial to Germany. he believed that the Nazis would prefer to preserve the lives of its inhabitants. Rumkowski adopted an autocratic leadership style to transform the ghetto into a vast industrial complex of producing products for Germany. He forced the population to work 12 hours a day despite unbearable conditions, to produce clothing, wood, metal products and electrical equipment for the German army. The conditions were difficult and the population depended entirely on the German authorities. In other ghettos throughout Poland, a hidden "industry" flourished, based on the smuggling of food and products between the ghettos and the outside world. In Lodz, However, this was almost impossible because of the strict observance and the German minority in the city. The Jews were completely dependent on the German authorities and the Judenrat for food, medicine, and other essential equipment. This was the reason that led the Jews to bribe the Kapo and the SS with their possessions in order to be saved from starvation and sometimes from death.

Size: 14.5x8x3 cm. Closed box with all cigarettes, unused. Very fine condition.

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