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White plush hand coverings worn by a Jewish infant while living in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2011.424.3 a-b

Soft, plush baby mitts worn by Betti Blaugrund when, as an infant, she lived in hiding with Louise and Udile Ceulemans-Gryson in Aarschot, Belgium. Betti was three months old when the Gryson's gave her a safe home in October 1942. She was covered with sores and tried so often to scratch herself that her mother had restrained her. The Grysons made these coverings so she could use her hands and not hurt herself. Betti's parents, Cypra and Wolf, fled to France when Belgium was occupied by Germany in May 1940, but returned because of antisemitism. In summer 1942, the Germans acted on their plan to get rid of all the Jews in Belgium. Betti was born on July 16. The family was told to report for forced labor. They suspected they would be deported and went into hiding. It was too unsafe to hide with a baby, so Cypra found a non-Jewish woman who took in Betti for money. Cypra and Wolf hid in an apartment with several family members. One day, Cypra was out visiting Betti, and the home was raided. Nine people in the house were arrested; only Wolf escaped and warned Cypra not to come home. They found a new place to hide and found a Gentile family in the country to provide better care for Betti. The Grysons loved the baby like their own and took her to see her mother every month as promised. Belgium was liberated by Allied Forces in September 1944 and Betti rejoined her parents. Both Cypra and Wolf were from very large families; nearly all of their relatives perished.

Date
1942 November-1944 September  (use)
Geography
use : in hiding; Aarschot (Belgium)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Handwear
Object Type
Mittens (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Betti Blaugrund
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:05:24
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