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Straw purse with crocheted trim acquired in Gurs internment camp by a German Jewish prisoner

Object | Accession Number: 1990.57.1

Small woven straw bag with a crocheted strip made for 16 year old Johanna Hirsch by an unknown woman in Camp de Gurs, France, where she was interned from 1940-1941. Hanne and her mother Ella were deported from Karlsruhe, Germany, to Gurs in October 1940. In September 1941, Hanne was rescued from the camp by OSE (Oeuvre Secours aux Enfants/ Aid to Children) which placed her in a children's home in Le Chambon. When the Germans started rounding up Jews in the countryside, OSE moved Hanne to hiding places on two farms. In 1943, Hanne obtained false identity papers and escaped over the Alps to Switzerland. After the war ended in May 1945, Hanne married Max Liebmann, a fellow deportee from Germany whom she had met in Gurs. Ella had been deported and killed in Auschwitz concentration camp. Hanne and Max emigrated to the United States in 1948.

received:  1941 January-1941 September
creation: Gurs (Concentration camp); Gurs (France)
received: Gurs (Concentration camp); Gurs (France)
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Coin purses (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Johanna Hirsch Liebmann
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:57:09
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