Brown cloth and leather trimmed suitcase used by a young Polish Jewish boy
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ira and Kayla Zames
Brown leather trimmed suitcase used by 5 year old Israel Znamirowski when he traveled to the US in March 1940 with his mother, Hela (Chaja). When Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Israel was staying with his paternal grandmother, Regina Znamirowska, in Warsaw, Poland, because his parents, Mendel and Hela, were on vacation in the US. Following the invasion, Israel’s maternal grandparents, Chil and Sarah Pik, took him to Italy. Hela met them in Italy and was able to secure passage back to New York, with the help of a ship captain who ignored Israel’s lack of proper immigration paperwork. Because Israel lacked documents, they were detained on Ellis Island for several months before being allowed to join Mendel in New York. Sarah and Chil immigrated to Palestine. Nearly all the large extended family in Poland perished during the Holocaust.
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Also in Ira Zames family collection
The collection consists of a suitcase, correspondence, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of Israel Znamirowski and his parents, Mendel and Chaja, before and during the Holocaust in Warsaw and Lodz, Poland, and in the United States following their emigration in 1939 and 1940.
Date: 1939 December-1941 October
Correspondence, photographs (4), and documents, related to Mendel Znamirowski and his extended family. Includes postcards sent to Znamirowski in New York, from his mother and others still living in Warsaw, including postcards and letters sent from the Warsaw Ghetto (dated 1939-1941). Also includes a booklet recording the marriage of Mendel and Chaja Znamirowski in 1930, the birth of their son Israel in 1935, and documents pertaining to the Znamirowskis' arrival in New York, 1939-1940.