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Wedding gown made from a white rayon parachute worn by multiple Jewish brides in a DP camp

Object | Accession Number: 1999.7.12 a

White wedding dress worn by Lili Lax, 22, for her marriage to Ludwig (Aron) Frydman, 21, on January 27, 1946, in a synagogue near 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. Miriam used the leftover material to make a shirt for Ludwig, 1999.126.1. Six months later, Lilly's sister wore the gown when she married, and then their cousin Rosie wore it. Lili lent the dress to many more brides, although she quit counting at 17. 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 Faige, Eva, Mechel, and Eli, were from Zarici, Czechoslovakia. In June 1944, Lili and her family were sent to Auschwitz. Lili’s father and brothers were immediately gassed. Lili and her sisters survived imprisonment in Plaszow, Neustadt in Oberschlesien, Gross-Rosen, and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. Bergen-Belsen was liberated by British forces on April 15, 1945. Lili and Ludwig met in 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
approximately 1946 January  (creation)
1946 January 27-before 1948 February  (use)
Geography
creation : Celle (Displaced persons camp); Celle (Germany)
use : weddings, Celle (Displaced persons camp); Celle (Germany)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Category
Women's clothing
Object Type
Wedding dresses (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lilly Friedman
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:59
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