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Embroidered cloth with metallic trim made by a Greek rescuer

Object | Accession Number: 2008.107.1

Tapestry created by Erini Kypreou after the war, similar to those she gave to Jewish families she helped rescue in Greece during World War II. She gave them to the families to sell or exchange in time of need or to remember her. Greece fell under German occupation in 1940. Jews became targets of German persecution and subject to deportation to concentration camps. Erini hid a Jewish family in her home, Rebecca and Simos Kamhi and thier two sons. She helped arrange their escape to Egypt and, eventually, Palestine. She also rescued several members of their extended family. Erini was arrested and beaten by the Germans for her suspected involvement in the resistance. However, she and her three daughters continued their activities, working with the well-known resistance figure, Lella Karagiani.

Date
approximately 1960  (creation)
Geography
manufacture : Greece
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Needlework
Object Type
Tapestry (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Linda A.H. Smythe
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:27:13
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