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Identification tag with name and birthdate issued to a Jewish refugee child

Object | Accession Number: 2008.319.1

Identification tag issued to six-year-old Vera Lechtman in 1944 while in the care of a children’s home in Switzerland run by Margaret Locher, after escaping France with her mother, Tonia, and brother, Marcel. The tag is engraved with her name and birthdate, the name of her foster parent, and the address of the home. Vera was born in Paris, France, to Russian and Polish parents, who had immigrated to France from Palestine as a result of being forced out for their communist activities. Her father, Sioma, fought for the Communist International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, and was subsequently interned in several camps in France before being deported to Auschwitz. In 1940, Tonia sent Vera and Marcel to a children’s home in Limoges. While there, Tonia met a Swiss woman named Margaret Locher, who visited the home for several weeks. In 1942, Tonia, Vera, and Marcel were arrested and sent to the Nexon internment camp, from where they were supposed to be deported. A local officer arranged their release, and they returned to Limoges to hide before escaping to Switzerland. They stayed in refugee camps until April 1943, when Vera and Marcel were placed in the care of their mother’s friend, Margaret Locher, who opened a home near Zurich named “Rebhaus,” for Jewish children whose parents were in internment or refugee camps. After the war's end in 1945, Tonia began doing relief work with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in France, Germany, and Poland. Vera and Marcel remained with Margaret until late 1947, when they were able to join Tonia in her native country of Poland.

manufacture:  1944
use:  1944-before 1947 December
issue: Küsnacht (Switzerland)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Name tags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vera Lechtman
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:51:05
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