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Brown leather suitcase used by a Polish Jewish refugee family

Object | Accession Number: 2009.157.2

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.

Date
1949 September  (emigration)
Geography
received : Stuttgart (Displaced persons camp); Stuttgart (Germany)
Classification
Containers
Category
Luggage
Object Type
Suitcases (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Miriam Citron Burhans
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:36
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