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Engraved wooden Havana cigar box acquired by Austrian Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2010.240.2

Wooden cigar box acquired by Viktor Stummer in Shanghai, China. He fled there from Vienna, Austria, circa December 1938, following his release from Dachau concentration camp. He was imprisoned during Kristallnacht that November 9-10 and released after his sister secured him a ticket to Shanghai. He lived in the Hongkew ghetto and worked as a welder. Shanghai was liberated by the US Army on September 3, 1945. In 1949, Viktor emigrated to Canada and the next year he moved to the US where he married a fellow Shanghai refugee, Gerda Harpuder. They met in Hongkew in 1941 when Gerda asked Viktor to repair a candlestick. Gerda escaped Berlin, Germany, in early 1939 with her husband, Hans, and children, Ursula, age 14, and Ralf, age 4. Hans died of malnutrition in October 1945. Gerda and her family emigrated to the US in March 1947.

received:  1940 November 27
emigration:  1938 December
received: Hongkou Qu (Shanghai, China)
Object Type
Cigar boxes (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yvonne Harpuder
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:51:09
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