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Sewing needle case used for lipstick in the Warsaw ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2008.228.15

Sewing needle case used as a lipstick case in the Warsaw ghetto by Irena Ehrlich vel Sluszny. Irena, her parents, Felicia and Seweryn, and younger sister, Danuta, were confined to the Warsaw ghetto in 1940. In March 1943, 19 year old Irena escaped to the Christian sector of Warsaw. April 1943 brought the Warsaw ghetto uprising and its violent suppression by the Germans, with mass deportations of all Jews in Warsaw and the annihilation of the ghetto. Her father, aged 39, was killed during the uprising. Her mother and 14 year old sister escaped and were hidden for the rest of the war by Juana Dylag. Irena was deported to a slave labor camp in Berlin. Felicia, Danuta, and Irena were reunited in Warsaw after the war. From 1945-1947, they were in the Bindermichl displaced persons camp in Linz, Austria. They emigrated to the United States on the SS Marine Perch in 1947.

use:  approximately 1940-1947
use: Warsaw (Poland)
Tools and Equipment
Object Type
Needle cases (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Irena Urdang deTour
Record last modified: 2021-08-20 10:34:22
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