A year later, we now know the story of Benzion Peresecki, a young Jewish man from Lithuania who wore this jacket for ten months in Dachau and kept it for 33 years. The exhibit tells Peresecki’s story of his immigration to the US, his legal pursuit of reparations, as well as historic photos, maps, multiple testimonies, and short films. It is a story of Holocaust survival that demonstrates the power of a single artifact to connect narratives of justice, identity, and a search for home.

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Journey

Follow the Peresecki family’s life history from the early 1900s through their ghettoization and transfer to German concentration camps. This interactive map also traces their postwar movement from DP camps to New York City and Long Island.

Journey

Timeline

See how the Peresecki family’s experiences relate to larger historical developments, from the early 1930s, through Ben’s death in 1978, to the discovery of the Jacket in July 2015.


Timeline

Reflect

Share your responses to the exhibit and the documents, photographs and videos that testify to the experiences of Ben Peres and his family. Your comments will help future visitors gain a deeper understanding of the impact of Ben’s jacket.

Reflect

Themes

Explore the major struggles and successes that define Ben Peres’s life before, during and after the Holocaust, using the documents, photographs and artifacts from the exhibit.


Themes