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Matchbook cover with a printed appeal to not buy Nazi goods

Object | Accession Number: 2013.148.1

American matchbook acquired by Max Beer, who arrived in Canada in 1949 following his birth in a displaced persons camp in Germany. The matchbook was produced by the Jewish War Veterans of the United States as part of a 1933 boycott of German imports and has the slogan “For Humanity’s Sake: Don’t Buy Nazi Goods.” In spring 1941, Max’s father, Leo Beer, escaped from the Krakow ghetto in Poland, and joined the Soviet Army. In March 1942, Max’s mother, Gitla Paris Einzenberg (later Beer), was transported from the Radom ghetto in Poland, to a forced labor camp in Poland, and then deported to another in Germany where she was imprisoned at Buchenwald concentration camp. Max’s parents met in Poland after the war, but had to leave because of anti-Semitism. They traveled to Pocking displaced persons camp in Germany. On May 18, 1947, their son Max was born in the camp. In 1949, the family immigrated to Montreal, Canada.

manufacture:  approximately 1933
manufacture: United States
Object Type
Matchbooks (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Max Beer
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 15:45:28
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