Jessica's Tour

Mealtime in the Concentration Camps

Concentration Camp Cups

After each morning’s roll call, the prisoners were given their morning meal of fake coffee substitute. For lunch, they ate watery soup. For dinner, prisoners might get a small piece of bread and a tiny piece of sausage, or some marmalade or cheese. The Nazis did not provide prisoners with sufficient food to carry out heavy manual work. Thousands died from starvation or illnesses resulting from lack of nutrition.

To quote Auschwitz survivor Kazimierz Piechowski, “Inmates were each given a spoon and a tin bowl. If you lost your spoon, you ate from the bowl like a dog.  If you lost your bowl, that was it, you did not get any soup.”  

These cups were gathered at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.