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Embroidered floral silk handkerchief case given to one inmate by another inmate in Liebenau

Object | Accession Number: 2012.407.1

Embroidered floral silk handkerchief case given to 15 year old Eva Lasch by Evelyn Anderson when both women were imprisoned in Liebenau internment camp in Nazi Germany circa 1943-1944. Liebenau chiefly held noncombatant civilian and diplomatic enemy nationals, chiefly female and from the United States and Great Britain, classified as prisoners of war. Eva was originally from Prague, Czechoslovakia, which was occupied by Germany in March 1939. In February 1945, she arrived in the US on the Gripsholm with her mother Anna. Her father, who was Jewish, had escaped there earlier. Evelyn, who was African American, arrived in Europe in 1925 with the "Black Birds" dance troupe to appear with Josephine Baker in La Revue Negre. Evelyn was arrested as an enemy alien around 1942 in The Hague in Nazi occupied Holland where she was appearing in a cabaret. Evelyn was released in March 1944 with twelve male African American POWs as part of a prisoner exchange for Allied held German inmates. She returned to the US aboard the Swedish ship, SS Gripsholm.

received:  after 1942-before 1944 March
received: Liebenau (Concentration camp); Liebenau (Lower Saxony, Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Victoria L. Price Wolf
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:13:56
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