Kodak Retina handheld folding camera and leather case taken out of occupied Poland by a Jewish refugee
1941 June 23
Audiovisual and Photographic Materials
- Object Type
Retina camera (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Glenn B. Asch
Kodak 35mm Retina camera and leather case with adjustable straps that belonged to 26 year old Mark Asch, when he escaped German occupied Kutno, Poland in 1940 with his parents, Yankev and Itta, and his siblings, Roma, Golda, and Adam. At the time of invasion, Yankev was in London, England. In February1940, Itta bribed a German official and escaped with the children to Warsaw. Another bribe procured false travel visas and they traveled to Italy and separated; Itta left to join Yankev and the children went to Lisbon, Portugal. They sailed on the Serpa Pinto and arrived in the United States on June 23, 1941. Itta and Yankev followed in 1946.
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Also in Mark Asch collection
The collection consists of artifacts and correspondence relating to the experiences of Mark Asch and his family in Kutno, Poland, and as they escaped to the United States during the Holocaust.
Date: 1940 February-1942 February 26
The collection consists of two letters from the Red Cross addressed to Mark Asch in New York. The first letter from the Red Cross was written by Dosia and Szmul Gerberbaum in the Warsaw ghetto. The Polish text reads: “We received your postcard. We live in the same place. We are healthy. We know nothing about Kuba.We would be grateful for food and clothes packages. Regards, Dosia”; dated: March 3, 1942. The second letter is from the American Red Cross notifying Mark about the arrival of correspondence from Poland; dated: October 26, 1942 and includes an envelope.