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Large embroidered white pillowcase with scalloped edges recovered by a Hungarian Jewish woman from her neighbors

Object | Accession Number: 2010.442.10

Pillowcase 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 pillowcase to the Oppels to safeguard during the war. 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.

Date
1945 July  (recovered)
Geography
recovery : Vilmany (Hungary)
Classification
Furnishings and Furniture
Category
Household linens
Object Type
Pillowcases (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Katie and George Frankfurter
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:41
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