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Blue dotted white handkerchief received by Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2011.412.2

Silk handkerchief with blue dots, embroidered Ruth, sent to Ruth Mondschein for her 11th birthday by Marie, the family's housekeeper in Vienna. Ruth was living in the Netherlands where her parents had sent her on a Kindertransport [Children's Transport] from Austria on December 10, 1938. Her father, Markus, and Marie were arrested at the family's home on Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938. Marie, who was not Jewish, was quickly released. Markus was sent to Dachau concentration camp. He was released on the condition that he leave the country. He arranged for Ruth and her brother, Walter, 6, to escape on the first Kindertransport to the Netherlands. The children later were sent to an aunt in the United States, arriving on October 26, 1939. Ruth's parents emigrated on November 17, and the family settled in New York.

Date
1939 February 22  (commemoration)
Geography
received : Hague (Netherlands)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Handkerchiefs
Object Type
Handkerchiefs (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Mondschein Zimbler
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:00
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