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Blonde haired, male, felt doll carried by a Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2006.492.13

Felt doll carried by 10-year-old Ina Felczer on a Kindertransport [Children's Transport] to Leeds, England, in late June 1939. Before the war, Ina lived with her parents, Victor and Hannah, in Berlin, Germany. Both were Polish Jews who had lived in Berlin since the 1920s. Victor was a chemist, and Hannah co-owned a dressmaking shop. On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany, and authorities throughout Germany quickly began suppressing the rights of Jews and boycotting their businesses. In the late 1930’s, Victor lost his job, and Hannah’s shop was destroyed by the authorities, though she continued to operate it from their home. In 1938, Victor was deported to Poland. In 1939, Hannah registered Ina for a Kindertransport, which arrived in England on June 30. Three days after Ina left, Hannah was deported to Poznan, Poland. In England, Ina lived with Vera and Sol Fischer in Leeds, before being evacuated to Harmston with other children to avoid the dangers of German air raids and bombings on cities. Eventually, Ina was moved to a girl’s hostel in Harrogate where she lived until 1945, when the war ended and it closed. Both of Ina's parents, her maternal grandparents, and many relatives perished in the Holocaust. In June 1946, Ina immigrated to the United States to live with her aunt in New Jersey.

Date
use:  1939-1945
emigration:  1939 June
Geography
use: Great Britain
Classification
Toys
Category
Dolls
Object Type
Cloth dolls (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Dolls.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ina Felczer
 
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:19:33
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