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Stuffed toy monkey used to smuggle money by Austrian Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2010.486.2

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.

Date
after 1938 March  (use)
Geography
received : Vienna (Austria)
Classification
Toys
Category
Stuffed animals
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Lewis Victor Koves and Helena Koves
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:22
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