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Pair of white infant socks used postwar by a former hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2011.424.7 a-b

Pair of white baby socks used after the war by Betti Blaugrund to clothe the doll, 2011.424.1, that had belonged to her cousin Aline Klajn. Betti's parents, Cypra and Wolf, and Aline, her parents Idessa and Wigdor, and younger brother Jacques, fled to France when Belgium was occupied by Nazi 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 families were told to report for forced labor. They suspected that they would be deported and went into hiding. Cypra and Wolf hid in an apartment with several other family members; Aline and her family were given refuge with a nearby couple, Alfred and Clara Duval. It was too unsafe to hide with a baby, so Cypra found a non-Jewish woman to look after Betti for money. On October 20, while Cypra was out visiting Betti, the home was raided. Aline and her family were visiting and all nine people in the house were arrested. Wolf escaped and warned Cypra not to come home. Aline, 7, and the others were deported to Auschwitz on October 24 and killed. Wolf and Cypra found a new place to hide and placed Betty with a Gentile family in the country. Belgium was liberated by Allied Forces in September 1944 and Betti rejoined her parents. Both Cypra and Wolf were from very large families and nearly all of their relatives perished.

Date
approximately 1955  (use)
Geography
use : Brussels (Belgium)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Footwear
Object Type
Socks (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Betti Blaugrund
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:28
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