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Engraved silver cigarette case used by a Polish Jewish refugee in Russia

Object | Accession Number: 2009.352.2

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.

Date
1942-1944  (use)
Geography
use : Chkalov (Soltustik Qazaqstan oblysy, Kazakhstan)
Language
Polish
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margareta Kligert
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:27
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