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Brown cloth bag with a red, white, and blue stripe carried by a hidden Dutch Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 1990.23.198

Brown bag with a Dutch flag stripe used by Flora Cohen to store her false papers while she was in hiding in Amersfoort, Netherlands, from June 1942 to May 1945. Flory met Felix Levi, a refugee from Hitler's Germany, in the mid-1930s. After Germany invaded Poland, Felix convinced Flora to flee. In November 1939, they sailed for South America aboard the SS Simon Bolivar, which was sunk by German mines. They were rescued by the British military and taken to a hospital in England. After recuperating for six months, they had to leave because Felix, a German, was considered an enemy alien. In May 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands. Flora and Felix went into hiding in June 1942 in the home of Piet Brandsen, a resistance member. They married while in hiding. In September 1942, Flora's mother Alijda was deported to Auschwitz, where she was killed. After Piet was arrested in January 1944, they found refuge with Hank Hornsveld and family. The Netherlands was liberated in May 1945. The couple emigrated to America in 1948 on the SS Nieuw Amsterdam.

use:  1942 June-1945 May
use: Amersfoort (Netherlands)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Felix and Flory Van Beek and their Estate
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:56:32
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