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Silver fiddle patterned tablespoon saved by German Jewish refugees

Object | Accession Number: 2012.485.10

Silver spoon with a fiddle thread pattern, one of three spoons brought with Fritz and Juliane Else Silberschmidt when they escaped Nazi Germany for the Netherlands in 1939. These spoons were among the very few items that they were permitted to take with them when they left Cologne. The rest of the family's personal and household belongings were confiscated by German authorities. Fritz and Juliane, and Fritz's mother Selma and brother Rudolph fled to Amsterdam in 1939. After Germany invaded Poland that September, even legal emigrants were detained as enemy aliens. Fritz was interned at Zeeburgerdijk quarantine center in Amsterdam. After his release, he and Juliane left for America in January 1940. Fritz's brother Rudolph was murdered in Auschwitz in September 1942. His mother survived in hiding and joined them in the US after the war in 1946.

emigration:  1939
manufacture: Germany
Household Utensils
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Silversmith
Record last modified: 2022-08-04 14:52:34
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