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Sampler with a red embroidered design of a woman and a cat recovered by a Hungarian Jewish woman from her neighbors

Object | Accession Number: 2010.442.7

Needlework sampler of a woman and a cat returned to 20 year old Kato Ritter by her Catholic neighbors, the Oppel family, in Vilmany, Hungary, in July 1945. Kato’s family gave the sampler to the Oppels to safeguard prior to their deportation during the war. It was embroidered by Kato with the help of her mother, Gizella Ritter, in 1932. The family used it as a wall hanging. Nazi Germany occupied Hungary in March 1944, and one week later, 19 year old Kato, her parents, David and Gizella, and her 17 year old sister, Julianna, were deported 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:  1932
recovered:  1945 July
creation: Vilmany (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 08:56:51
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