Pelagia Michalik – Experimental Rabbit at Nazis (German) Camp Ravensbruck

It is a bit sad part of my family’s history. During the WWII my mum’s step sister was a member of a resistance movement and was caught in 1941. She was sent to Ravensbruck Nazi camp where she was a part of medical experiments done by German doctors.

She was freed in 1945 by allies and sent to Sweden by the Swedish Red Cross for a treatment. Unfortunately she was in a very bad condition and after returning to Poland she died very soon. During her treatment in Sweden she got a small gift – a china rabbit – as she was an experimental rabbit. We have got the rabbit in our Welsh dresser.


Edit: Just few days ago I have checked that the rabbit was made by the German manufacturer called Porzellan Manufaktur Allach. The company existed between 1935 and 1945. The manufacturer was founded by Karl Diebitsch and Franz Nagy. In 1936 the firm was taken over by SS and in 1937 a second factory was opened in Dachau Nazi camp, where the prisoners were making the china products.

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