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Coat worn by a female German Jewish member of the Red Orchestra resistance group

Object | Accession Number: 2015.298.2

Coat worn by Lisa Gervai-Egler, probably postwar when she returned to Berlin after being liberated from a concentration camp. During the war, while Lisa was a student at the Berlin Museum School of Fine Arts, she joined an anti-Nazi resistance movement known as the Rote Kapelle (Red Orchestra). This group smuggled coded messages on troop movements and other strategic information to the Russian Front. Lisa was captured while on a mission in Poland and imprisoned by the Germans. Toward the end of the war, she met an American soldier, David Eizenberg, who was serving as a Russian translator.
David remained in Germany after the war ended in May 1945, working with the Joint Distribution Committee and HIAS in displaced persons camps near Berlin. He and Lisa met again and married in 1946.

Clothing and Dress
Women's clothing
Object Type
Coats (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of David and Lisa Eizenberg
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:40:02
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