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Silver clothes brush used by a German Jewish woman while in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2005.600.3

Silver clothes brush saved by Ruth Fromm Abraham, while living in hiding in Berlin from 1943 to 1945. It may originally have belonged to her mother Frieda Fromm who was deported on July 24, 1942. It is part of a set with a hair brush, 2005.600.4. Frieda and her husband Meyer moved from Allenstein to Berlin circa 1936 to be near their daughters. Since the Kristallnacht pogrom in November 1938, life for Jews in Berlin was precarious. Ruth married Walter Abraham in 1939. Walter's parents and grandparents were deported in October 1940. Frieda and Meyer were deported in July 1942 to Theresienstadt, and then on September 26, to Treblinka killing center. Ruth and Walter had a daughter Reha on January 19, 1943. and went into hiding near Berlin three days later. They survived for over 2 years with the help of a non-Jewish German woman, Maria Nickel. Maria provided food and gave them the identity papers issued to herself and her husband. Because Ruth could pass for an Aryan German, she and Walter moved often and lived separately some of this time. Reha remained with Ruth. The family returned to Berlin after it was liberated by the Soviet Army in early May 1945. They left for America in 1948.

use:  before 1936-1945
use: in hiding; Berlin (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum collection, gift of Reha Abraham Sokolow
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:26:43
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