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Freemason white knit cotton gloves presented to a Hungarian Jewish emigre

Object | Accession Number: 2010.81.6 a-b

Pair of white cotton knit gloves presented to George Veres when he became a member of a New York chapter of the Freemasons in 1950-1951. White gloves, usually kid leather, were presented to newly initiated members. They were symbolic and not intended for use and represented the ideal that the work of his hands should be pure and spotless. George emigrated from Hungary to the United States with his family in March 1949. In 1940, George, who was Jewish, was sent to a forced labor camp by the Fascist, antisemitic government of Hungary. From 1940-1944, he was in and out of camps near Budapest. In March 1944, Nazi Germany occupied Hungary. That November, George's wife, Kati, and their two young sons, Peter and Paul, went into hiding. On December 12, 1944, George escaped his camp and found refuge in a Swedish emergency hospital. Pest was liberated by the Soviet Army on January 14, 1945, and George was reunited with his family. In January 1949, the family emigrated to the United States.

emigration:  1949 March 29
received:  1950-1951
received: Freemason ceremony; New York (N.Y.)
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Gloves (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Veres
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:51:07
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