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Large wooden crate used by Zegota, a Polish underground group, to hide false documents

Object | Accession Number: 1990.296.1

Large, lidded wooden chest used by Rada Pomocy Zydom (Council to Aid Jews), called Zegota, to hide false identity documents for Jews in German occupied Poland. Zegota was an underground organization, most active in the Warsaw region, where its members, Jewish and non-Jewish, helped Jews go into or remain in hiding. It found them hiding places and provided them with medical care, food, money, and false identity documents. About 50,000 sets of false identity documents were distributed during the German occupation, which began when Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Zegota was funded by the Polish government-in-exile and operated from 1942 until the liberation of Poland by Soviet forces in early 1945.

Date
approximately 1942 October-1945 January  (use)
Geography
use : Poland
Classification
Furnishings and Furniture
Category
Furniture
Object Type
Chests (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Wanda Wojcik
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:27:18
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