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Floral embroidered apron worn by a Jewish Czech woman in a DP camp

Object | Accession Number: 1999.7.10

White apron with floral embroidery worn by Lili Frydman, 22, on Shabbat while working in a kosher kitchen in Celle displaced persons camp ca. 1945 to 1948. She wore a plain white apron the rest of the week. Lili lived in Zarici, Czechoslovakia, with her father Yitzhak Lax and four younger siblings, Faige, Eva, Mechel, and Eli, which was annexed by Hungary in 1939. In March 1944, Germany invaded Hungary. Soon they began the systematic deportation of all Jews to concentration camps. Circa June, Lili and her family were deported from Munkacs ghetto to Auschwitz. Lili’s father and brothers were immediately sent to the gas chambers. Lili and her sisters were selected for labor and sent to Płaszów slave labor camp in Krakow. As the Soviets approached, they were sent back to Auschwitz, and then to a slave labor camp in Neustadt in Oberschlesien. In January, Lilly and her sisters were sent on a death march to Gross-Rosen, and then to Bergen-Belsen on cattle cars. They were liberated by British forces on April 15, 1945. Lili and her sisters lived in Celle dp camp, where Lili met Ludwig Frydman, 21, in June 1945. He was deported from Munkacs to Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen. They married on January 27, 1946. With their 10 month old daughter and Lili's sister Eva, they left Celle in 1948 to join her sisters in New York.

use:  after 1945 May-before 1948 February
use: Celle (Displaced persons camp); Celle (Germany)
Dress Accessories
Protective wear
Object Type
Aprons (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lilly Friedman
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:10:28
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