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Children's book owned by a German Jewish child while living in hiding in Belgium

Publication | Accession Number: 2009.313.1

Children's book, Der Struwwelpeter, read by 11year old Beatrice (Trixie) Westheimer when she was a hidden child in German occupied Belgium. It was originally written in 1945 and is a series of illustrated rhymes that tell fables about the unfortunate consequences that befall ill-behaved children. Trixie and her family fled Germany in 1939, joining relatives in Belgium. In May 1940, Germany occupied Belgium and in July 1942, the family went into hiding. Trixie and her cousin Henri were hidden on a farm and baptized as Catholics. In February1943, her parents Julius and Meta were deported; her father was shot during an escape attempt and her mother was killed in Auschwitz. In December 1944, Trixie and Henri returned to liberated Brussels. Trixie and her grandmother Johanna Boas emigrated to the United States in 1946.

Title
Der Struwwelpeter
Language
German
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Beatrice Muchman
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Record last modified: 2017-09-12 12:38:53
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