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American Joint Distribution Committee booklet on Hanukkah used by a Polish Jewish teenager

Object | Accession Number: 2006.479.4

Booklet on Hanukkah distributed by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in the Wels displaced persons (DP) camp in Austria, and received by teenager Judith Wagner while she was living there from 1947-1951. Judith grew up in Rudnik, Poland with her younger sister Charlotta, and their parents, Chana and Pinchos. In October 1939, a month after Poland was invaded by Germany and the Soviet Union, the Germans deported the Wagners, with all other Jews in Rudnik, to Soviet-occupied territory. Judith and her family refused to take Soviet citizenship, so they were exiled to Siberia. They lived there for 14 to 16 months before being allowed to move to Kazakhstan, where they stayed for the remainder of the war. In early 1946, the Wagners were repatriated as Polish citizens and taken to Bielawa in Lower Silesia. They lived there for approximately six months before leaving Poland with the help of the Bricha, an underground immigration movement that helped Jews from Eastern Europe move to Palestine and later Israel. The family made it to Austria, where they stayed in a displaced persons camp in Vienna for six months, and then moved to the Wels DP camp. Judith worked as a teacher’s aide at the Wels camp and attended nursing school. Eventually, Judith’s paternal uncle, Avraham, was able to provide the family with affidavits. The family arrived in New York City on June 2, 1951, aboard the USNS General Stewart.

Alternate Title
! מוֹעֲדיק לְשִׂמְחָה
Happy Holidays!
Date
publication/distribution:  1947-1951
Geography
received: Wels (Displaced persons camp); Wels (Austria)
Language
Hebrew
Object Type
Pamphlets (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Religious books.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith & Eddie Weinstein
 
Record last modified: 2021-05-06 11:45:29
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