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Hakoah Sports Club stickpin with a Star of David owned by a Czech Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2009.364.8

Pin from the Hakoah sports club that belonged to Tom T. Kovary, prior to emigration from Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. On September 2, 1939, nineteen year old Tibor Kovari and his 20 year old brother, Erno, were attacked on the street for being Jewish by some Nazi sympathizers in their hometown, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. They fought back and put their attackers in the hospital and were arrested, along with their father, Olivio. The incident received such widespread publicity that the authorities advised them to flee for fear of retaliation. They illegally crossed the border into Hungary, where they obtained visas for the United States, arriving in New York on February 29, 1940. Both brothers joined the US Army during the war: Tom was in Military Intelligence stateside; Ernest in combat, landing with the infantry on D-Day. He searched for surviving relatives, but found only one cousin, a survivor of Auschwitz death camp.

Date
approximately 1935  (received)
1940 February  (emigration)
Geography
issue : Bratislava (Slovakia)
Classification
Jewelry
Category
Pins (Jewelry)
Object Type
Stickpins (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Myra Kovary and Vally Kovary.
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Record last modified: 2018-09-27 15:59:22
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