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Infant’s vest with decorative pink stitches made for a baby by his mother while in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2012.242.5

Hand stitched baby vest made by 20 year old Lennie Kropveld Jedwab for her infant son Aaron, who was born in September 1943, while in hiding in Aalten, Netherlands. When Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940, Lennie was living with her parents, Aaron and Bertha Kropveld. Aaron insisted that Lennie and her fiance, Rabbi Yitzchak Jedwab, get married in July 1942 before going into hiding together at a farm in October 1942. Her parents and four brothers went into hiding at two other farms. When Aaron was twelve hours old, they placed him in the custody of the Dutch resistance. He was hidden in the home of Jan and Dela Wikkerink, resistance members with eight children of their own. Jan was imprisoned for his involvement with the resistance and broken out of jail, for which the Germans set his house on fire; however Dela saved Aaron. Aalten was liberated by British forces in March 1945 and Lennie was reunited with her two and half year old son. Lennie’s parents and siblings also survived in hiding. 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
Vests (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lennie Kropveld Jade
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:00
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