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Animal shaped pin owned by a Czech Jewish concentration camp survivor

Object | Accession Number: 2015.162.2

Animal shaped pin found in an inkwell of the desk set (2015.162.1) carved by Israel Haimovich while in a British detention camp in Cyprus in 1948. Israel was originally from Czechoslovakia, which was annexed by Nazi Germany and its allies in 1938-1939. Israel was deported to Buchenwald concentration camp. He was liberated by US troops on April 11, 1945. His siblings, mother, grandmother, wife, and son were all killed during the Holocaust. After recuperating in an American military hospital, Israel joined other survivors preparing to emigrate to Palestine. In 1946, he married Judith Itzkivich, a Czech survivor of Auschwitz. In 1947, they left on a Ma'apilim ship with other survivors to illegally enter Palestine. They were captured by the British who governed Palestine and had strict immigration limits. They were sent to a detention camp on Cyprus, where they remained until permitted to enter Palestine. On May 14, the state of Israel was established and, within six months, all the refugees on Cyprus were welcomed into the Jewish homeland

Pins (Jewelry)
Object Type
Brooches (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gadot and Haimovich families
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:43:25
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