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Green wool US Army blanket owned by a Jewish refugee who survived by assuming a Catholic identity

Object | Accession Number: 2007.511.1

US Army green wool blanket owned by Mark Wisen, who as a young Jewish boy survived the Holocaust from 1941-1944 by pretending to be Catholic. Mark, 11, and his mother Olga were visiting her parents in Srerszeniowce, Poland, when it was occupied by Soviet forces in September 1939. In March 1941, Germany broke the Nazi-Soviet Pact and invaded the town, deporting many Jewish inhabitants to the Tluste ghetto (Tovste, Ukraine). Olga procured false identities and she and Mark escaped from the ghetto to Podhajce where they met Olga's brother, Israel. Afraid that they had been recognized, they went into hiding and left for Lvov. Olga and Mark separated from Israel and lived as Polish Catholics. The town was liberated by Soviet troops in 1944. After the war ended in 1945, they were repatriated to Poland. Mark's father, Pinkum, was killed in Majdanek concentration camp. Olga and Mark left Poland for Germany where they stayed in Dorth-Winau and Neu Friemann displaced persons camp for four years until emigrating to the US in 1949.

Date
1960-1962  (use)
1953  (manufacture)
Geography
manufacture : Chattanooga (Tenn.)
Language
English
Classification
Furnishings and Furniture
Category
Household linens
Object Type
Blankets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Linda Wisen
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:13
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