Vera Meisels photographs
Contains photographs documenting the family of Cecilia and Zoltan Gardosh Meisels and their daughters Aliska (Alice) and Vera (donor), from Slovakia.
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vera Meisels
Record last modified: 2020-05-28 15:04:59
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Also in Vera Meisels collection
The collection consists of a sculpture, The Lost Child, created by Vera Meisels in the postwar period and photographs relating to the experiences of Vera and her family in Presov, Czechoslovakia, and in Theresienstadt concentration camp before, during, and after the Holocaust. Some of these materials may be unified into a single collection in the future.
Clay sculpture featuring the figures of a child and an adult at the base of a high wall created by Vera Meisels, circa 2000. It commemorates her experiences as an 8 year old prisoner in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp from December 1944-May 1945. Vera, her parents, Cecilia and Zoltan, and her 12 year old sister, Aliska, fled Ruzomberok, Czechoslovakia, after the Slovak National Uprising against the Nazi allied government in August 1944. They hid in the mountains, but when they ran out of food, returned to town and were arrested by the Germans. Vera’s father was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Vera, her sister, and her mother were deported to Auschwitz, but the train was redirected to Theresienstadt because recent actions by saboteurs had destroyed parts of the camp. On May 9, 1945, Terezin was liberated by the Soviet Army. Vera, Cecilia, and Aliska returned to Presov where they were reunited with Zoltan.
The postcard was sent from Lublin, Poland, to Trebisŏv, Slovakia.
Consists of three pre-World War II portrait photographs of two young girls, Katerina and Gabriela Frei, and one photograph of the girls with their mother, Etelka Meisels Frei. The three women perished in Auschwitz in 1944.