Steiner family photograph collection
Two photographs relating to the Steiner family in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia) during the time period surrounding the Holocaust.
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David Steiner
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Also in David Steiner family collection
The collection consists of two prewar photographs and a 1948-1949 Hebrew calendar book relating to the experiences of David Steiner and his family in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), where he survived in hiding during the Holocaust.
1948/49 Hebrew calendar owned by 22 year old David Steiner the year he emigrated from postwar Czechoslovakia to Israel. It is a calendar book that contains information on Jewish holidays and observances, as well as prayers. It is chiefly in Hebrew, but there are sections in Czech, including several advertisements for local businesses in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia). Until 1942, David helped his father run the family antiquarian bookstore, a local institution for nearly 100 years. That year, the Fascist Slovak government agreed to deport its Jews to German concentration camps. The business was taken away from the family because they were Jewish. A few months later, there was a mass deportation and family retained as workers were denounced as unnecessary. David and his parents, Wilhelm and Josy, went into hiding in abandoned buildings. David and Wilhelm obtained false identities and got temporary jobs. Josy became ill and died. The city was liberated by the Soviets on April 4, 1945. David's sister, Reline, age 20, had been deported in early 1942 and killed in Auschwitz. His father was the only one of his nine siblings to survive. David emigrated to Israel after Wilhelm's death in 1948.