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HIAS identification tag issued to a 12 year old German Jewish refugee

Date 1941 September  (received)
Accession Number 2003.56.2
Language French
Geography received : Serpa Pinto (Ship); Lisbon (Portugal)
Brief Narrative Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) ID tag issued to 12 year old Susi Hilsenrath in September 1941 for her voyage on the ship, Serpa Pinto, from Lisbon, Portugal, to the United States. Susi's family home in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, was vandalized by Nazi supporters during Kristallnacht on November 9-10, 1938. In August 1939, her father paid a woman to take Susi and her 9 year old brother, Joseph, to Paris, France. They were placed in children's homes in Paris, Versailles, and Broutvernet near Vichy. They were living in the Chateau des Morelles when HIAS located them. Their parents, Israel and Annie, with young brother Ernest had emigrated to the US. Israel asked HIAS to help him find his children. HIAS also arranged the permits that allowed Susi and Joseph to leave France to join their parents.
Provenance The identification tag was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2003 by Susan Hilsenrath Warsinger.
Classification Identifying Artifacts
Category Labels
Object Type Name tags (lcsh)
Dimensions overall : 16.500 x 4.750 in. (41.91 x 12.065 cm.)
Materials overall : paper, ink, cloth
Geographic Name Germany--Emigration and immigration--Biography.
United States--Emigration and immigration--Biography.
Topical Term Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives.
Jewish children in the Holocaust--France--Biography.
Jewish refugees--United States--Biography.
Refugee children--United States--Biography.
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--United States--Personal narratives.
Conditions on Access No restrictions on access
Conditions on Use No restrictions on use
Contributor Subject : Susan Warsinger
Credit Line United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Susan Warsinger
Funding Note The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Record Type Object
Physical Description Square orange paper tag with a rounded triangular top. There are 2 holes at the center top with a black string knotted through the holes to create a hanging tag. There is typed text in black ink on the reverse.
Link to Collection Susan Hilsenrath Warsinger collection
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