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Burlap purse with yarn flowers and monogram carried by a 10 year old Jewish Austrian refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2010.194.2

Handcrafted burlap shoulder bag carried by 10 year old Doriane Kurz when she emigrated from Sweden to the United States in July 1946. Doriane and her family fled Vienna, Austria, in early 1939 after the annexation with Nazi Germany. They went to the Netherlands which was occupied by Germany in May 1940. Her father, Meilach, was deported to Auschwitz in August 1942. Doriane, her mother Klara, and her brother Alfred, age 7, were deported to Bergen Belsen in February 1944. The camp was evacuated in spring 1945 and the prisoners were liberated en route by the Soviet Army. The family returned to Amsterdam where Klara died of complications from typhus in March 1946. The children had a paternal uncle in the United States who also had left Vienna with his family in 1938. He arranged to have Doriane and Alfred sent to Sweden where they could get US visas. They arrived in New York in July 1946 and joined their uncle's family.

received:  1945 June-1946 June
emigration:  1946 July
en route: Gripsholm (Ship); New York (N.Y.)
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Handbags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Diana Kurz
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:19:00
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