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Pink handkerchief embroidered GS owned by a Slovakian Jewish girl

Object | Accession Number: 2011.434.2

Monogrammed pink handkerchief owned by Gabriela Müller. The handkerchief is embroidered with the initials of Sarlota Goldstein (Sharlotte,1912-1944), Gabriela’s maternal aunt. Gabriela lived with her parents Irena and Ignác, and older brother Erich in Michalovce, Slovakia, when authorities began deporting the Jewish population in March 1942. The family decided it was no longer safe to stay in Michalovce, and relocated west to the town of Nitra. In early 1944, Gabriela’s parents decided to send the children to Hungary. Gabriela stayed with an aunt in Budapest, while Erich went to a children’s institute in Miskolc. After Germany invaded Hungary in March, life there became increasingly precarious. Gabriela was smuggled back across the border, but they could not get Erich released from the children’s institution. An SS unit occupied Nitra on September 4. Shortly thereafter, Gabriela’s father, Ignác, and several other Jews were taken to Sered’ transit camp and then deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. In November, Gabriela, her mother, and her infant brother, Tibor, were also caught and taken to Sered’. The following month they were transported west to Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp. After Theresienstadt was liberated by the Soviet army on May 9, 1945, Gabriela, Irena, and Tibor stayed in the small town of Žilina (now in Czechia), before going home to Michalovce. They stayed there until 1949, when the family immigrated to Israel, and later to the United States. Ignác likely died at the Buchenwald subcamp, Halberstadt, in February 1945. Erich was imprisoned in Hungary’s Sárvár internment camp, and was likely deported and killed. In May 1942, Gabriela’s aunt Sarlota was deported with her husband, David (or Deszo), and young son, Pavel (or Paul) Rosenberg, from the town of Humenne, likely to a ghetto near Lublin, Poland, and subsequently killed.

acquired:  after 1935 October 25
acquired: Europe
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Handkerchiefs (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gabriella Mueller Fogel
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 17:51:12
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