Supposed to look like an urn for cremated remains maybe?
Scout is correct in his assumption that this is a funeral urn. They were used for the ashes of deceased prisoners to be sent back to their relatives from KZ Struthof-Natzweiller, though it is unlikely that they were the individuals remains as the ashes were raked out of the incinerators only when necessary and then dumped in a pit.
The script on the outside of the urn has been added at a later date, as the urns were always bare, including no name or date, never mind where they were from.
This urn appears that it could be the genuine article, there are many hundreds of them still to be seen at the museum on the site of the KZ in the so called 'Urn Room'. Here's a couple of then and now photo's showing the urns there.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
Thank you very much "Scout" & "Ned" for the replies & photos, very interesting.
Best regards from Alsace , France.
The decoration was patently added later but, as stated above (a few years ago!), the urn appears to match those present at the museum. To augment, attached below are several links to threads addressing the camp, the only major Konzentrationslager located on occupied French territory.
Largest KL in France - Natzweiler-Struthof - features an image showing the urn room.
KL-Natzweiler-Struthof - Sandkasten massacre
KL-Natzweiler-Struthof - "Kartoffelkeller"
KL-Natzweiler-Struthof, The Ravine of Death
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Even though this is a nearly 3 year old post) There were no labeling such as shown on the urn found, so, as said, the lettering has been added after. The simple fact that such an inscription was Added, tells us that the whole rig is a tarted up enhanced fraudulent one. The urn itself is, no doubt, genuine. One of countless thousands of pottery urns that have been in use for many many years now-used all Over in addition to the KZ's. The urn could have been made in any endless number of places and in a huge span of time aside from the few short war years. To take such a thing and Add a silly pair of huge SS Runes and the name of a prominent KZ is an affront. Whoever did this is a very questionable person...(not You, Carfin! )
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
Thank you William for thr infos.
The urne was in a lot of military items that I became from the family of a veterant of the "Leclerc 2 Division Blindée".
The Family had no more infos about this urn.
I do not collect such KZ items, I asked just for infos.
My father was 6 months prisoner in the "Arbeitslager Schirmek" 10 kms from Natweiler Camp, befor he was forced as Alsacian to be incorporated in the "Gebirgsjäger Rgt 100" in december 1942 (19 years old). After 4 wounds (The last in april 1945) He was prisoner by the Russian in Romania & come home in october 1945.
My onkel is MIA in Russia.
Best regards from Alsace , France.
Yep. carl and ned have it correct. lettering was added after the fact.