Brown leather suitcase used by a Polish Jewish refugee family
Stuttgart (Displaced persons camp);
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Miriam Citron Burhans
Leather suitcase used by the Citron (Cytrynblum) family, 24 year-old Wolf, 22 year-old Bela, and 1 year-old Gela when they emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1949. Bela and Wolf both had been deported from their hometowns in German occupied Poland to the HASAG forced labor camp in Czechostowa, where they first met. Bela was transferred to another labor camp that was liberated in 1944 by the Soviets. Wolf was transferred to several other labor camps and was liberated in January 1945. They both lost nearly all of their family during the Holocaust. They met again after the war in a displaced persons camp in Berlin; Wolf recognized her by her beautiful long hair. The couple soon married. Gela was born in the dp camp in Stuttgart in 1948. In August 1949, they accepted the offer of the International Refugee Organization to emigrate to the United States and arrived in Boston on September 15.
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Also in William and Bela Citron and Miriam Citron Burhans collection
The collection consists of a suitcase, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of William and Bela Kasztan Citron (Cytrynblum) and their families in Poland and in various concentration and labor camps before and during the Holocaust and of William, Bela, and their daughter Gela (Miriam) in displaced persons camps in Germany and their emigration to the United States during the postwar period.
Date: 1949 September
Collection of documents and photographs relating to the Cytrynblum (donor's) family and their experiences during the Holocaust era. Includes photographs of Machle Lehrman (donor's maternal grandmother) and Bela and Wolf Citron and restitution documentation.
William and Bela Citron discuss their experiences and those of their family members in Poland and in various concentration and labor camps before and during the Holocaust; their time in displaced persons camps in Germany, and their immigration to the United States during the postwar period.