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Brown leather and cork men’s dress shoes crafted in Sedan Kaserne Ulm DP camp by a Jewish Polish soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2012.432.1 a-b

Brown leather dress shoes crafted by Noel Galicki in Sedan Kaserne displaced persons camp in Ulm, Germany, between 1946 and 1949. Noel was taught and certified as a shoemaker in the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training (ORT) vocational training program at the camp. Noel, 27, was a soldier in the Polish Army during the German invasion on September 1, 1939. Seventeen days later, the Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland and Noel was captured. On June 29, 1940, the Soviets deported Noel and his wife Henja to Komi ASSR. Henja died during childbirth on March 30, 1941, and their daughter, Paja, died a month later. In 1943, Noel married Lydia Turubanov, and they had a son, Paul. Lydia, the widow of a Soviet soldier, had a 4 year old son Albert. The family was living in Syktyvkar, Komi when the war ended in May 1945. They decided to leave because of the increasing anti-semitism. They reached Poland, and then the Bricha movement smuggled the family to the DP camp in Germany. The family immigrated to the United States in 1951.

creation:  after 1946 July-before 1949 June
creation: Ulm Sedan Kaserne (Displaced persons camp); Ulm (Germany)
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Shoes (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Adam Gell
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:14:02
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