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Small Droste cocoa box saved by a Dutch Jewish girl

Object | Accession Number: 2011.426.2

Miniature Droste cocoa box given to Margalit Lujten before the war and saved while she was in hiding in the Netherlands from September 1944 to May 1945. On May 10, 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands. Margalit’s father Adrian was Christian and her mother Hanna was Jewish. Margalit and her brother Ad were raised as Christians, but according to German law, they were Jewish. Adrian secured a voucher that stated no one in the family was Jewish, so they were protected and remained at home for most of the war. Margalit and her father became involved with the Dutch resistance. From 1943-1944, Margalit, 17, reported to British intelligence whether a daily train carried German troops or weapons. In 1944, one of Adrian’s coworkers told the authorities that they were Jewish. On September 15, the family went into hiding. The Netherlands was liberated on May 5, 1945.

Date
approximately 1940-1945  (use)
Geography
manufacture : Haarlem (Netherlands)
received : Dordrecht (Netherlands)
Language
Dutch
French
Classification
Containers
Category
Boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margalit Lujten
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:28
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