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Silver miniature tea set with 5 pieces owned by hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2008.320.1 a-e

Miniature teapot, sugar bowl, pitcher, teacup, and tray given to Elzbieta Lusthaus by her maternal grandmother, Sophie Lieberman Schiff, when they were living in Tarnow, Poland, which was occupied by Germany in September 1939. On June 11, 1942, the Germans came to the house searching for Jews to deport to the concentration camps. Four year old Elzbieta hid, but her grandmother was taken by the Germans and shipped to Belzec extermination camp, where she was killed. Elzbieta and her mother, Helena Lusthaus, fled Tarnow and survived the war under false identities as Polish Catholics, sheltered by a Catholic family in Milanowek. They were reunited with her father, Edmund, in May 1945 in Italy where he was serving with the 2nd Polish Corps, British Army.

Date
1941  (received)
Geography
received : Tarnow (Wojewodztwo Malopolskie, Poland)
Classification
Toys
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elizabeth Lusthaus Strassburger
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:47
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