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Painted tin container base owned by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2010.240.3

Tin container, missing the lid, that belonged to Ralph (Ralf) Harpuder who fled Germany in 1939 for Shanghai, China. A ring traveller was a device used with textile spinning looms. Four year old Ralf, his parents, Hans and Gerda, and his 14 year old sister, Ursula, left Berlin following Kristallnacht on November 9-10, 1938. They went to Shanghai because it was an open port with no visa required and arrived in March 1939. Shanghai was controlled by the Japanese military and as the war intensified, they were relocated to the Hongkew ghetto. Food and supplies became extremely difficult to obtain, but Ralf was able to continue school because they waived his tuition. The city was liberated by the US Army on September 3, 1945. That October, Ralf's father died of malnutrition. In March 1947, the family emigrated to the United States.

emigration:  1939 March
received: United States
Metal containers
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yvonne Harpuder
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:53:36
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