Engraved silver cigarette case used by a Polish Jewish refugee in Russia
Chkalov (Soltustik Qazaqstan oblysy, Kazakhstan)
Personal Equipment and Supplies
- Object Type
Cigarette cases (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margareta Kligert
Cigarette case that belonged to Alfred Majzner, a Jewish engineer, who, following the 1939 invasion of Poland by Germany, fled to the Russian-occupied sector to the east. He was assigned living quarters for his family in Bialystock, Poland, on July 25, 1940. Soon after his wife and family arrived the Russians deported the Jewish inhabitants further west. Alfred died in Kazakhstan in 1942. His second wife and widow, Bronislawa, had the case decorated around 1944 with her initials, BM, and the names of their daughter, Lucia, his children from his first marriage, Dita and Todek, and her deceased, first husband, Fredek. Bronislawa and Lucia returned to Poland when the war ended in 1945 and successfully sued for the return of Alfred's property which had been confiscated during the occupation.
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Also in Alfred and Bronislawa Majzner collection
The collection consists of artifacts, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of Alfred and Bronislawa Majzner in Poland and as refugees in the Soviet Union before, during, and after World War II.
Photographs: portraits of Alfred Majzner and his wife Bronislawa; Registration Book: September 1944; Request for assignment of an apartment to Alfred Majzner in Bialystok, January 25, 1940; Envelope: sent from Warsaw on March 18, 1941 to Alfred Majzner in Archangelsk, USSR; Postcard: addressed to Bronislawa Majzner in USSR from Lublin, Poland, dated May 10, 1945; Envelope: sent from British Embassy in Moscow, to Bronislawa Majzner in Kazakhstan (probably contained a letter from Todek Majzner in England). Silver cigarette case: belonged to Alfred Majzner (donor’s maternal grandfather) who died in 1942 in Kazakhstan. His second wife Bronislawa added her initials “BM” and the names of her late husband Fredek, her daughter Lucia and his children from the first marriage, Dita and Todek, c. 1944.