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Small sampler with outline of a boy recovered by Hungarian Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2010.442.3

Needlework sampler of a boy and a bird returned to 20 year old Kato Ritter by her Catholic neighbors, the Oppel family, in Vilmany, Hungary, in July 1945. The sampler was created around 1870 by her maternal great-grandmother, Pearl Klein Weissburg. Kato’s family gave the sampler to the Oppels to safeguard during the war prior to their deportation. When Nazi Germany occupied Hungary in March 1944, 19 year old Kato, her parents, David and Gizella, and her 17 year old sister, Julianna, were deported one week later from Vilmany to the Jewish ghetto in Kosice, Czechoslovakia. From there, they were transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where everyone but Kato was gassed upon arrival. Kato was selected for forced labor, and sent to Peterswaldau concentration camp. The camp was liberated by the Soviet Army on May 8, 1945. Kato returned to Vilmany.

creation:  approximately 1870
recovered:  1945 July
creation: Hungary
recovery: Vilmany (Hungary)
Decorative Arts
Object Type
Samplers (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Katie and George Frankfurter
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:55:32
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