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Black ribbon watch fob from prewar Netherlands

Object | Accession Number: 2008.354.5

Watch fob that belonged to Eliazer Davids and previously to his father, Leman Davids. A watch fob was used to retrieve a pocket watch from a vest or waist pocket. They were common before wristwatches were introduced in the early 20th century. The Davids were an observant Jewish family who had lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands, for several generations. Leman was a diamond broker and cutter who died of natural causes in 1930. Eliazer ran a linen business. In December 1938, Eliazer and his wife, Bronislawa Perlberg, emigrated to the United States with the assistance of Eliazer’s uncle, Leo Groen, who lived in New York and submitted affidavits of support for their visas. The majority of Eliazer’s and Bronislawa’s family members who remained in Europe perished during the Holocaust.

creation:  1893
emigration:  1938 December
creation: Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Object Type
Watch fobs (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Blanche Davids Gewirtz
Record last modified: 2020-03-09 15:18:45
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