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Pillow sham with embroidered animals made by a Jewish immigrant

Object | Accession Number: 2012.72.7

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    Brief Narrative
    Large, square pillow sham top cover with a red, embroidered design made by Edna (Yetta) Kwasznik Eckstein, who immigrated to the United States with her young son from Ratno, Russia (Ratne, Ukraine) in 1912. They joined her husband, Sam, who had left Ratno in 1908 and settled in Denver, Colorado. The pillow sham, one of a set of four, may have been brought with her.
    emigration:  1912
    use: Denver (Colo.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Samuel Veta
    Artist: Edna Eckstein
    Subject: Edna Eckstein
    Yetta (Yitke) Kwasznik was born approximately June 26, 1885, in Ratno, Russia (Ratne, Ukraine) to a Jewish family. She had a younger brother Motel, born in 1888. On June 15, 1906, she married Shlomo (Samuel) Eckstein, who was born in Ratno around January 15, 1878. A son, Edmund (Edward), was born in the fall of 1907. The next year, Samuel immigrated to the United States, sailing from Hamburg, Germany, and arriving in New York on May 25, 1908. He settled in Denver, Colorado. Yetta and Edmund joined him there in 1912. Yetta began to use the name Edna. Samuel was a laborer and eventually a driver with the Teamsters union. The couple had four more children: Rebecca, (April 16, 1913- September 12, 1971), Annie born 1915, Isadore, born 1918, and Abraham, born 1922. Edna received several letters from her brother Motel pleading for financial support, but after 1931, she received no more letters and had no further contact with her family in Eastern Europe. Rebecca (Betty) married Leo Veta and they adopted an infant girl and, in 1950, an infant boy, whom they named Samuel. Samuel’s biological mother, Ruth Haneman, had fled Nazi Germany with her family for Shanghai, China. Both her parents died in Shanghai in 1943, leaving sixteen year old Ruth responsible for her younger siblings. Samuel, age 68, died on March 9, 1946. Edna, age 92, died on January 12, 1977.

    Physical Details

    Furnishings and Furniture
    Household linens
    Object Type
    Pillow shams (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Square, white cloth with a ruffled border and an animal and floral design embroidered in red thread in the center. The design features two birds, facing each other, sitting on tree like perches with three bulbous flowerlike attachments. Below are two fanciful, lion like creatures, facing each other, on each end of a curved, horizontal line. Around the edge of the square is a continuous, embroidered border with a flower in each corner connected by a looped line. There is unfinished stitching and staining.
    overall: Height: 30.625 inches (77.788 cm) | Width: 30.750 inches (78.105 cm)
    overall : cloth, thread

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    Administrative Notes

    The pillow sham was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2012 by Samuel Veta, the grandson of Edna Eckstein.
    Record last modified:
    2022-08-02 16:40:59
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