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Pair of white leather Masonic gloves with button cuffs owned by a Hungarian Jewish emigre

Object | Accession Number: 2010.81.4 a-b

White leather ceremonial gloves that originally belonged to Vilmos Deutsch. They were acquired through his membership in the Freemason society. White kid gloves were presented to newly initiated members; a man's pair for the member and a woman's pair for his wife or betrothed. They were symbolic and not intended for use and represented the ideal that the work of his hands should be pure and spotless. Vilmos, who died in 1935, was from a large, Orthodox Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary. The gloves were inherited by his daughter, Lenke. In March 1944, Hungary was occupied by Nazi Germany. Lenke's husband, Bela, was deported in July to a concentration camp where he was killed. In November, Lenke went into hiding with her daughter Kati and her children, and her son-in-law’s family. The city was liberated by Soviet forces in January 1945. Lenke brought the gloves with her when she left Hungary with Kati and her family in January 1949 for the United States.

Date
approximately 1935 February  (received)
1949 September 21  (emigration)
Geography
received : Budapest (Hungary)
Language
Hungarian
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Handwear
Object Type
Gloves (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Veres
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:21:54
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