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Korelle 3x4 camera and a brown leather pouch used by a member of the Czech resistance

Object | Accession Number: 2012.187.2 a-b

Korelle 3X4 camera with a pouch for a case used by Venant Hanzelka while he, his wife Stepanka, and four year old daughter Hana lived in hiding from the Gestapo in German occupied Czechoslovakia from 1942-1945. Venant, Stepanka, and his brother, Alfons, joined an underground Czech resistance group after Germany forcibly annexed the Bohemia and Moravia provinces, which included Brno, where they lived, in March 1939. Alfons was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and killed in 1942. Stepanka and Hana went into hiding in an old mill in the forest near the town of Svojanov. Venant did not hide with them, but would occasionally come to meet them. During one of these meetings, Venant took a picture of Stepanka and Hana with his camera, which he kept with him throughout this time. The family remained in hiding until Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. They returned to Brno, where Venant resumed his career.

use:  1942-1945
manufacture:  after 1931
use: Svojanov (Pardubicky kraj, Czech Republic)
manufacture: Dresden (Germany)
Object Type
Korelle camera (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hana Strasen
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:26:05
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