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Doily with embroidered yellow, red, and pink flowers recovered postwar by a Polish Jewish girl

Object | Accession Number: 2000.270.1

Doily with embroidered flowers recovered by 17 year old Masza Senderowksi after the war from the house of a non-Jewish neighbor who had looted the Senderowski home. It was likely embroidered by one of her older sisters, Frieda or Lea, who were presumed killed during the liquidation of the Jewish ghetto in Zdzieciol, Poland (Dziatlava, Belarus.) Masza, her parents, and three sisters lived in Zdzieciol, which was occupied by German troops in June 1941. In August 1942, as the Germans prepared to liquidate the ghetto, the residents were ordered to the village center. Masza, then 14, and her two older sisters, Lea, 20, and Frieda, 18, ran away, but were captured. As they were being taken back, Masza somehow found herself alone. She ran to the secret hiding place in her home, and heard shots and screams from the square. When it got quiet a few days later, she escaped to the nearby forest. She found a partisan group but they would not let her stay with them. She joined with another lone girl, Inka, and for 2.5 years they hid in the forest. At some point, she encountered her father who had escaped another ghetto. A while later, they found her mother and she learned that Sonia had been killed. They assumed Lea and Freida were killed then, but they never learned what really happened. The Soviet Army liberated the region in summer 1944. After they returned to the village, Masza, accompanied by a Soviet Jewish soldier, went to the house of a non-Jewish neighbor. She saw the embroidered doilies and took them. After the war ended in May 1945, Masza and her parents left illegally for Lodz, Poland.

Date
approximately 1944 September  (recovered)
Geography
recovery : Zdzieciol, Poland (historic); Dziatlava (Belarus)
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Needlework
Object Type
Doilies (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marsha Taplin
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Record last modified: 2018-01-31 07:56:52
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