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Underwood typewriter with Cyrillic keys used by an emigre Jewish lawyer and politician

Object | Accession Number: 2013.506.2

Underwood cast iron typewriter Model No. 5(E) with a Cyrillic keyboard brought by Dr. Jokubas (later Jacob) Robinson when he and his family left Kaunas, Lithuania, in May 1940 for the United States. It was manufactured in the US, it had a No.46 to mark it for a foreign market. Jokubas, a lawyer and politician, was a defender of Jewish interests throughout Europe. In September 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland. Robinson was deeply involved in integrating the large Jewish refugee population in Lithuania. In December 1940, Jokubas, his wife Klara, daughters Athalie and Vita, and his brother Nehemiah finally arrived in New York City. In February 1941, Jacob founded the Institute of Jewish Affairs and continued to advocate for the Jewish community worldwide.

manufacture:  1925
emigration:  1940 May-1940 December
manufacture: Hartford (Conn.)
Object Type
Typewriters (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Karin Sibrava-Cherches
Record last modified: 2022-09-12 11:58:23
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