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Airmail box used to store his war medals by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2011.259.17 a-b

Airmail box used by Carl Werner Lenneberg to store his World War I (1914-1918) medals and ribbons. Lenneberg was a soldier in the 8th (Rhenish) Foot Artillery Battalion, XVI Army Corps, German Army, during the First World War. In January 1933, Hitler and the Nazi regime took power. Anti-Jewish policies put increasingly harsh restrictions on Jewish life. Werner and his brother Georg were arrested during Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938, and sent to Dachau concentration camp. After release, they left Germany on the ill-fated voyage of the MS St. Louis to Havana, Cuba, May 13-June 17, 1939. Upon the ship's forced return to Europe, Carl and George were in the group given asylum in Belgium. In April 1940, they sailed from Antwerp to New York.

Date
after 1940  (use)
Geography
manufacture : United States
Language
English
Classification
Containers
Category
Boxes
Object Type
Cartons (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ron Lenneberg
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Record last modified: 2018-01-16 10:08:58
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