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Duvet cover made from a US Army parachute by a Jewish family in a displaced persons camp

Object | Accession Number: 2009.372.2

Covering for a blanket made from a United States Army parachute by Ephraim and Sarah Robinson for their family in the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp in Germany, where they lived from 1945-1948. Soon after Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Ephraim and Sarah fled east to Russian controlled territory. They lived in several places as the Soviet Union demanded that Jewish refugees keep moving further east. They had a daughter, Fay, in 1941, in Odessa, and Alice was born in 1944 in Romanovka. When the war ended in May 1945, they returned from Uzbekistan to Bessarabia, where they crossed the border to Poland. In October 1945, they were relocated to Zeilsheim, with the assistance of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Ephraim, Sarah, and their 3 children, Fay, Alice, and Joseph, born in the camp in 1946, got passage on the first immigrant transport to depart under the Displaced Persons Act, the SS General Black, which arrived in the United States on October 30, 1948.

manufacture:  1944 October
creation:  1945-1948
emigration:  1948 October 21-1948 October 21
use: Zeilsheim (Displaced persons camp); Zeilsheim (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Furnishings and Furniture
Household linens
Object Type
Blankets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alice Robinson Lev
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:59:18
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