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Paper sheet with two drawings of a couple being separated and then reconciling

Object | Accession Number: 2014.481.3

Two pencil drawings side by side on white paper with colored pencil details created by Thea Kelstadt depicting the life of an adult couple in Cleveland Ohio. The left drawing shows the couple separating, while the right shows their reunion. In 1935 Thea married Fred Klestadt. In September, the Nazis announced the Nuremberg Laws which excluded Jews from citizenship and prohibited them from marrying or having sexual relations with persons of German blood. The laws defined a Jew as a person who had 3 or more grandparents that were Jews, regardless of their religious practice. In 1937, fleeing rising German anti-Semitism the couple obtained US visas and immigrated to America in 1937, settling in Cleveland in 1939. In 1955 Thea and Fred adopted Julia Weinstock, a 14 year old Jewish Polish girl whose parents were murdered in the Holocaust. She survived by hiding in a forest bunker near Lvov. When that became too dangerous her grandfather took her and they both hid in a Catholic woman’s house.

Artwork Title
Seperation and Reunion
creation:  after 1939
creation: Cleveland (Ohio)
Object Type
Pencil drawing (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Julie Keefer
Record last modified: 2022-05-17 12:47:57
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