Stuffed toy monkey used to smuggle money by Austrian Jewish woman
after 1938 March
- Object Type
Stuffed animals (Toys) (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Lewis Victor Koves and Helena Koves
Stuffed toy monkey used by 26 year old Helena Fuchs to smuggle money from Vienna, Austria, to England in 1938. Since anti-Jewish laws restricted the amount of money Jews could take out of the country, Helena sewed money inside the monkey. Helena was living in Vienna when it was annexed by Nazi Germany in March 1938. Her fiance, Victor Koves, had already left Vienna and settled in London, England. They decided that Helena should join him and they married in London on December 30, 1938. In the early 1940s, they left for Shanghai by way of Canada, but they were able to obtain US visas in Canada and emigrated to New York.
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Also in Helena and Lewis Victor Koves collection
The collection consists of artifacts and a photograph relating to the experiences of Helena Fuchs in Vienna, Austria, and London, England, and of Victor Koves in London during the Holocaust.
Small silver curtain ring worn as a wedding ring by 27 year old Helena Koves in London, England, where she married Victor Koves on December 30, 1938. Helena was living in Vienna when it was annexed by Nazi Germany in March 1938. Victor had already left Vienna and settled in London and they decided that Helena should join him. In the early 1940s, they left for Shanghai by way of Canada, but were able to obtain US visas in Canada and emigrated to New York.
Contains a photograph of Lewis and Helena Koves (donor’s great uncle and aunt) who fled Nazi occupied Austria for England in 1939; taken some time after they fled Austria.