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Brown cloth and leather trimmed suitcase used by a young Polish Jewish boy

Object | Accession Number: 2012.343.2

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.

use:  1940 March
Object Type
Suitcases (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ira and Kayla Zames
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 08:45:27
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