KLB 58907 - Gabriel Lampel
KLB 58907 was the prisoner number to which the Nazis reduced Gabriel Lampel at the Buchenwald camp. Gabriel was one of 440,000 Jews who, in 1944, were deported from Hungary in just two months.
Originally from Transylvania, Gabriel was subjected to the Hungarian oppression and anti-Semitic persecutions of the Horthy regime. After the invasion of Hungary by the Nazis, Gabriel was deported with his mother to Auschwitz-Birkenau. His mother perished in this universe of terror and death; he was transferred to Buchenwald, then to one of its satellite camps. There he had to carry out the most brutal tasks of forced labour in terrible conditions. Allied bombardment left him wounded and transferred back to Buchenwald, which was liberated by the prisoners themselves. One last blow of fate, he lost an arm during a Nazi attack on the lorry which was evacuating him.