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Lace tablecloth with an embroidered white floral design recovered by a Hungarian Jewish woman from her neighbors

Object | Accession Number: 2010.442.19

Embroidered lace tablecloth returned to 20 year old Kato Ritter by her Catholic neighbors, the Oppel family, in Vilmany, Hungary, in July 1945. It was made from fishnet string that the women would collect from the fisherman as they tended their torn nets. It was given as a gift to one of Kato's aunts. Kato’s family gave the tablecloth to the Oppels to safeguard during the war. 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.

Date
1945 July  (recovered)
Geography
creation : Vilmany (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 14:22:35
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