Embroidered white pillowcase used in hiding in Poland
Furnishings and Furniture
- Object Type
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elizabeth Lusthaus Strassburger
Pillowcase that belonged to Helena Amkraut Lusthaus, embroidered with the initial's of her maiden name. She used the pillowcase while she and her daughter, Elzbieta, lived in hiding under assumed identities as Catholics in Milanowek in German occupied Poland. When the war began in 1939, Helena and Elzbieta were living in Tarnow in German-occupied Poland with Helena's mother, Sophie Lieberman Schiff. On June 11, 1942, the Germans came to the house searching for Jews to deport to the concentration camps. Four year old Elizabeth hid, but her grandmother was taken by the Germans and shipped to Belzec extermination camp, where she was killed. Helena and her daughter fled Tarnow and survived the war under false identities as Polish Catholics, sheltered by a Catholic family in Milanowek until January 1945 when the area was liberated by the Soviet Army.
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