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Sheepskin vest worn by a Jewish girl living in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2008.105.2

Vest worn by 11 year old Rivka Chwoles while imprisoned in the Vilnius ghetto and while living in hiding after her escape. She removed the sleeves to make it a vest. Her father gave her the coat before the family was relocated to the ghetto with the other Jews in Vilna (Wilno), Poland (Vilnius, Lithuania) by the Lithuanians after the Soviets turned control of the region over to them in October 1939. Rivka and her sister, Sonja, escaped the ghetto around 1941 and survived the rest of the war under assumed identities as Christian Poles. All their family, except for one brother, Rafael, perished.

use:  1939-1944
received: Vilnius (Lithuania)
Clothing and Dress
Women's clothing
Object Type
Coats (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Maria Rivka Chwoles Lichtenfeld
Record last modified: 2022-05-20 12:07:17
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