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Embroidered dress worn by a Polish Jewish girl in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2002.54.2

Embroidered dress made for Lola Rein by her mother Dvoire in the ghetto and worn while she was in hiding near Czortkow, Poland, from approximately May 1943 to March 1944. In September 1939, the Soviet Union occupied Czortkow. Germany invaded in June 1941. Lola’s father Yidl died in the ghetto in 1942. On March 21, 1943, her mother was shot and killed while going to work. In May, Lola’s maternal grandmother Ekka sent Lola to hide with a Ukrainian woman. In August, the woman’s son-in-law threatened to turn Lola in to the Gestapo, so she took Lola to her sister’s farm. Lola and three other Jews hid in a hole dug in the barn until March 1944, when they were liberated by Soviet forces. Lola’s grandmother Ekka was killed in June 1943. Lola was alone for months and had to beg for food. She was eventually found and adopted by her maternal uncle Gedale Aschkenase. They lived in Eschwege and Kassel displaced persons camps before emigrating to the United States in 1949. In New York in 1951, Lola met Walter Kaufman, who had survived the Holocaust in hiding with two brothers near Polaniec, Poland. The rest of his family was killed in Treblinka.

use:  approximately 1943 May-1944 March
creation: ghetto; Chortiv (Ukraine)
use: in hiding; Chortiv (Ukraine)
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Child's dress (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lola and Walter Kaufman
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:48:03
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