A group of prisoners marches from Dachau towards the interior of the Reich.
This blanket, actually shown to the public at Auschwitz Exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York, belonged to an Austrian tailor, Siegfried Fedrid, who was born deaf, to two deaf parents.
When Auschwitz was evacuated, Siegfried was one the almost 60,000 prisoners forced to march towards Germany in atrocious weather conditions. He grabbed this blanket in the moments before he left the camp for the last time. Like all the prisoners he was weak, tired and cold; the logical thing might have been to wrap the blanket tightly around himself – but Siegfried didn’t do the logical thing. He chose to share it with other prisoners to help them survive the freezing days and nights of the death march.
After the war, with no family left in his native Vienna, he emigrated to New York, where he would eventually meet and marry Doris Rosentrauch, another Holocaust survivor who happened to be deaf.