Franceska Mann necklace or pendant Solidarity Jewelry Anti-Nazis mixed media jewelry

  • $20.00


Franciszka Mann was a young dancer residing in Warsaw before the Second World War. In 1939 she placed 4th during the international dance competition in Brussels among 125 other young ballet dancers. She was considered one of the most beautiful and promising dancers of her generation in Poland both in classical and modern repertoire.

At the beginning of the Second World War she was a performer at the Melody Palace nightclub in Warsaw. She became a prisoner of Warsaw Ghetto and from there, was sent to the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Along with a group of new arrivals, Mann was taken into a room next to a gas chamber and ordered to disrobe, ostensibly for delousing. While taking off her clothes in a manner calculated to distract the guard, she managed to grab the roll-call officer's pistol, and reportedly shot him fatally in the stomach. She fired a second shot that wounded an SS sergeant. It was a signal for other prisoners to stage a riot which was broken up when other guards opened fire at the group using machine guns. Mann died on the spot, but not before fighting back in an incredible act of courage in her final moments.
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A paper image is affixed and finished to steel with a product that creates an oil painting like look and texture and renders the image UV protected and water resistant. Steel is lightweight, comfortable and sturdy. Necklaces are finished with copper colored chain with a lobster claw clasp, all lead and nickel free. If you select a pendant, they come on 18 inches of satin cord finished with a lobster claw clasp.
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