- The postcard was written by Josef Rappaport, Susanne Rappaport Ripton's father, from Jawischowitz (subcamp of Auschwitz) to Mme. Colombe, dated 10.6.43, asking about the condition of Bert, his son, and about his wife who is in Drancy. Postcard ends with perhaps a coded message: "I asked you to see grocerie (spices)."
- Collection Creator
- Susanne R. Ripton
Susanne Rappaport Ripton was born in Paris, France, on July 23, 1936. Her parents, Josek and Nelly Spodek Rappaport, were Polish Jews living in France. In Aug. 1942, the French police came to their apartment to arrest them. During the arrest, their neighbor, Madame Colombe, came to claim "her daughter," Susanne, and proceeded to take care of her until the liberation of France. Josek and Nelly were sent on a transport to Drancy transit camp. In June 1943, Josek was sent to Janischowitz labor camp in Upper Silesia in Poland where he was a slave laborer in a coal mine. Nelly was probably deported from Drancy directly to Auschwitz. Both perished. Beginning in July 1944, Susanne spent two years working on a farm in central France. In 1946, she was sent by the Red Cross to England where she was adopted by a Jewish family.
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- Holder of Originals
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Legal Status
- Permanent Collection
- Donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1996 by Susanne R. RiptonSusanne R. Ripton
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Contains materials related to the Holocaust-era experiences of Susanne Rappaport Ripton and her family. Some of these materials may be combined into a single collection in the future.
The papers consist of two Rosh Hashanah cards, one with a photograph of a man and woman and bearing the greeting "Bonne Annee" and the other with a printed color image of a family participating in a Jewish ceremony, and a photograph of a man and three women standing outdoors.
Consists of a Rosh Hashanah card bearing a photograph of Susanne Rappaport Ripton and her parents, Josek and Nelly Rappoport, in the center, surrounded by a horseshoe, birds, and flowers. "Happy New Year" is printed in both Hebrew and French.