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Brown tablecloth with a floral design saved during a pogrom in Ukraine and recovered after the war

Object | Accession Number: 2009.115.1

Brown floral tablecloth, the only family item recovered by Zeev Raveh Werba in Maniewicze, Poland (Prilesnoye, Ukraine), after the war. It was taken when their home was looted during a pogrom by the local Ukrainian population after the June 1941 invasion by Germany. It was found and saved by a neighbor, who returned it to Zeev. He kept the tablecloth with him during the remainder of his military service. When Zeev left for a displaced persons camp in Italy, he used the tablecloth while conducting interviews for a writer researching stories of Holocaust survivors. In September 1939, Zeev's village was occupied by the Soviet Union, which confiscated his father's lumber business. In June 1941, Germany invaded Soviet territory. On June 27, 1941, all the Jewish homes in the town were looted by the local Ukrainian population. In July 1942, 19 year old Zeev escaped to the forest to join a partisan unit. His parents, Shlomo and Mania, and his sister, Pola, were murdered by the Germans and the Ukrainians in early September 1942. Zeev's partisan unit was forced to join the Soviet Army in 1944. He returned briefly to his hometown after the war's end in May 1945. Soon after the war, Zeev deserted the Soviet Army, determined to make his way to Palestine. He joined a group of refugees and reached the Adriatica displaced persons camp in Milan, Italy. He reached Israel in 1948, and was immediately inducted into the Israeli Air Force.

Date
approximately 1944  (recovered)
1944-1948  (use)
Geography
recovery : Maniewicze (Poland) historic; Prilesnoye (Ukraine)
use : displaced persons camps; Italy
Classification
Furnishings and Furniture
Category
Household linens
Object Type
Tablecloths (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Zeev Raveh-Werba
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:27:12
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