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Chesterfield cigarette package wrapper collected in Shanghai by a German Jewish refugee boy

Object | Accession Number: 2010.240.19

Chesterfield cigarette package label collected and traded by Ralph (Ralf) Harpuder in Shanghai, China. The wrapper features a crown and scepter design. Four year old Ralf, his parents, Hans and Gerda, and his 14 year old sister, Ursula, left Berlin, Germany, 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 stay in 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.

Date
after 1939 March-before 1947 March  (use)
Geography
use : Hongkou Qu (Shanghai, China)
manufacture : Virginia
Language
English
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Labels
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yvonne Harpuder
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:46
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