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Infant’s offwhite cotton knit sweater with ties made for a baby by his mother while in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2012.242.4

Handknit cotton baby sweater made by 20 year old Lennie Kropveld Jedwab for her infant son Aaron, when Lennie was living in hiding in Aalten, Netherlands. When Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940, Lennie was living with her parents, Aaron and Bertha Kropveld. In the summer of 1942, the Germans began deporting the Jewish population and Aaron decided they must go into hiding. He insisted that Lennie and her fiance, Rabbi Yitzchak Jedwab, get married that July before going into hiding together at a farm in October. Her parents and four brothers went into hiding at two other farms. When Lennie's newborn son was twelve hours old, they placed him in the custody of the Dutch underground. He was hidden in the home of Jan and Dela Wikkerink, resistance members with eight children of their own. Jan later was imprisoned for resistance activities, but the underground broke him out of jail. In retaliation, the Germans set his house on fire. Dela saved the baby and they all got out safely. Aalten was liberated by British forces in March 1945. Lennie and Yitzchak were reunited with their two and half year old son. Lennie’s parents and siblings also survived. Lennie, Yitzchak, and Aaron emigrated to the United States in 1948.

Date
approximately 1943 September  (creation)
Geography
creation : Aalten (Netherlands)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Sweaters (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lennie Kropveld Jade
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:49
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