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Silver baby's feeding spoon owned by hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2012.317.1

Silver infant's feeding spoon given to 3 year old Elzbieta Lusthaus by her maternal grandmother, Sophie Lieberman Schiff, when they were living in Tarnow, Poland, which was occupied by Nazi Germany in September 1939. On June 11, 1942, the Germans came to the house searching for Jews to deport to the concentration camps. Four year old Elzbieta hid, but her grandmother was taken by the Germans and shipped to Belzec killing center. Elzbieta and her mother, Helena, fled Tarnow and assumed false identities as Barbara and Maria Stachura, Polish Catholics, sheltered by Kazimierz and Genowefa Bandyrowa, a Catholic family in Milanowek. They kept the spoons and other items given to Elzbieta by her grandmother through all their travels. The area was liberated in January 1945. In May, Helena paid to have them smuggled into Czechoslovakia. They went to Vienna and stayed for six weeks at the Rothschild hospital, moved to a displaced persons camp in Germany and then to a sanatorium for malnourished children in Strueth. A medical inspection team toured the camp in May 1945. Helena recognized a man as a friend of her husband, Edmund, a doctor. He told her Edmund was alive and they were reunited with him in Italy where he was serving with the 2nd Polish Corps, British Army. In December 1946, the family emigrated to Great Britain.

Date
1941  (received)
after 1872-before 1922  (manufacture)
Geography
received : Tarnow (Wojewodztwo Malopolskie, Poland)
Classification
Household Utensils
Category
Flatware
Object Type
Baby spoons (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elizabeth Lusthaus Strassburger
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:05:04
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