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Child’s striped knit wool cap with a tassel made for a hidden Dutch Jewish child

Object | Accession Number: 2002.140.4

Red, white, and blue striped knit cap made for Vera Reiss by her foster mother, Huberta Van Pelt, in Baarn, Netherlands, in spring 1945. Huberta made the hat in the colors of the Netherlands flag to celebrate their liberation in May 1945. Vera was born in German occupied Amsterdam in March 1942. That summer, the Germans began mass deportations to camps in the east. In July, Vera’s father Salomon allowed himself to be arrested, to spare his wife Sophie and their infant daughter. Sophie and Vera went into hiding with Sophie’s cousin Cato and then were hidden separately. Vera, now 9 months old, was sent to live with the Van Pelts, who knew Vera’s paternal grandfather Abraham. Her mother assumed a false identity as a housekeeper. On May 5, 1945, the Netherlands was liberated. Vera was reunited with her mother. Vera’s father was killed in Auschwitz in February 1943. Most of Vera’s large extended family was murdered in the Holocaust.

creation:  1945 May
use: Baarn (Netherlands)
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Hats (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vera Waivisz-Reiss
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:15:29
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