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Embroidered tablecloth with a blue floral design with birds recovered by a Hungarian Jewish woman from her neighbors

Object | Accession Number: 2010.442.15

Counted cross stitch tablecloth 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 tablecloth to the Oppels to safeguard during the war. It was embroidered by Kato’s cousin, Suzanne Szakely, in the 1930s. In March 1944, Germany occupied Hungary and, one week later, 19 year old Kato, her parents, David and Gizella, and her 17 year old sister, Julianna, were sent to the Jewish ghetto in Kosice, Czechoslovakia. From there, they were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where everyone but Kato was gassed upon arrival. Kato was selected for forced labor, and sent to Peterswaldau slave labor camp. The camp was liberated by the Soviet Army in May 1945. Kato returned to Vilmany. Her cousin, Suzanne, presumably perished during a forced march from Budapest, Hungary.

Date
approximately 1930  (creation)
1945 July  (recovered)
Geography
creation : Hungary
recovery : Vilmany (Hungary)
Classification
Furnishings and Furniture
Category
Household linens
Object Type
Tablecloths (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 14:21:48
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