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White shirt made from a rayon parachute for a Czech Jewish man for his wedding in a DP camp

Object | Accession Number: 1999.126.1

White peasant style blouse worn by Ludwig Frydman. 21, when he married Lili Lax, 22, on January 27, 1946, in Celle displaced persons camp in Germany. Lili told Ludwig that she had always dreamed of getting married in a white dress, so he obtained a white rayon parachute from a former German airman for 2 pounds of coffee and cigarettes. Lili used her cigarette rations to hire a seamstress, Miriam, to sew the gown, 1999.7.21 a. Miriam used the leftover material to make a shirt for Ludwig, who was 6'5" tall. Ludwig, his parents Michal and Gizella, and 11 siblings lived in Sevlus, Czechoslovakia, which was annexed by Hungary in 1939. In March 1944, Germany invaded Hungary, and soon began the systematic deportation of all Jews to concentration camps. Ludwig was confined to Munkacs ghetto and then deported to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Ludwig’s parents and 7 siblings perished. Lili, her father Yitzhak, and 4 younger siblings were from Zarici, Czechoslovakia. In June 1944, Lili and her family were sent to Auschwitz. Her father and brothers were immediately gassed. Lili and her sisters survived imprisonment in Plaszow, Neustadt in Oberschlesien, Gross-Rosen, and Bergen-Belsen. They were liberated by British forces on April 15, 1945. Lili and Ludwig met in nearby Celle dp camp in June 1945. With their 10 month old daughter and Lili's sister Eva, they left Celle in 1948 to join her sisters in New York.

Date
1946 January 27  (use)
1946 January  (creation)
Geography
creation : Celle (Displaced persons camp); Celle (Germany)
use : wedding, Celle (Displaced persons camp); Celle (Germany)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Category
Men's clothing
Object Type
Overblouses (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lilly Friedman
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:55
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