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Floral print skirt worn by a Polish Jewish girl living with an assumed identity

Object | Accession Number: 2010.465.3

Print skirt worn by 11 year old Renia Sperber when she escaped Malnow, Poland (Malinovka, Lvivska oblast, Ukraine), on December 4, 1941, with her 13 year old sister, Henia, following the invasion by Nazi Germany that June. The Perel's home was broken into by Ukrainians who beat their father, Georg, and the family lived in hiding throughout the summer. In December, Renia and Henia obtained false papers as non-Jewish Ukrainians and left for labor service in Germany. They were assigned to Lampersmuhle textile factory near Kaiserslautern, escaped, but were captured and sent to work on separate farms. The area was liberated on April 8, 1945, by British and French forces. After the war, Renia and Henia lived in a displaced persons camp for Poles in Dunsen, Germany, but kept their assumed identities because of antisemitism in the camp. Renia was lonely and afraid to be living in a world without Jews. They decided to leave and finally made their way to a Jewish dp camp in Backnang. In spring 1948, the sisters emigrated to Canada.

Date
1941 December-1948 September  (use)
Geography
received : Malnow (Poland) (historic); Malynivka (Lvivska oblast, Ukraine)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Category
Women's clothing
Object Type
Skirts (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Renia Perel
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:23
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