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Pair of white lace gloves crocheted by a Dutch Jewish woman while living in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2010.488.4 a-b

White lace gloves crocheted by Saartje Nathans while she lived in hiding in the home of Aaltje and Paul Paulus in Ermelo, Netherlands, from October 1942-April 1945. She made over forty pairs of gloves, which the Paulus family used as gifts. In 1942, after nearly two years of occupation by the Germans, deportations were becoming frequent. Saartje and Michel decided to send their two year old daughter, Anita, to live with a non-Jewish family in the countryside. That October, they left Amsterdam and were offered a hiding place with the Paulus family. They lived all day in a small attic bedroom; Paul built a hidden compartment in the room when the Germans intensified their searches for hidden Jews. Paul built three other hiding spaces: a dugout under the kitchen floor, and two deep holes outside in the nearby woods. Paul played a leadership role in the resistance in the area and the hiding spaces were used often. On April 18, 1945, Ermelo was liberated by British, Irish, and Canadian forces. Saartje and Michel reunited with Anita and returned to Amsterdam.

creation:  1942 October-1945 April 18
creation: Ermelo (Netherlands)
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Gloves (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Alice and Paul Paulus
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:51:11
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