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Embroidered priest's stole owned by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 1990.223.1.5

Catholic priest's vestment with French style spade ends owned by Richard Pfifferling. Richard was Jewish and how and when he acquired the stole is not known. In 1933, the Nazi regime came to power and enacted laws that persecuted Jews. Richard and his brothers, Otto and Ernst, fled Dresden, Germany; his brothers to England and Argentina and Richard, in September 1939, to the United States. Their parents, Alexander and Auguste, were unable to leave. Richard later served in the US Army during the war. Richard’s parents were deported to Riga, Latvia, in December 1941, and killed in Auschwitz in August 1942. In 1944, he married Ruth Liebermensch, who, with her sister Hanna, fled Germany for England on a Kindertransport in summer 1939, and arrived in New York in May 1940. Ruth and Hanna’s father Samuel was killed in Auschwitz in September 1942.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Knox and Hanna A. Lewin
Record last modified: 2023-04-19 08:20:29
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