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Baby blanket with an embroidered duck used by a hidden Dutch Jewish infant

Object | Accession Number: 2002.140.5

Embroidered baby blanket used by Vera Reiss who as an infant was placed in hiding from late 1942 to 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 in late 1942. Vera, now 9 months old, was sent to Baarn to live with Hermanus and Huberta Van Pelt, who knew Vera’s paternal grandfather Abraham. She was given a false identity as Vrouwke Peter, their niece who had survived the bombings. On May 5, 1945, the Netherlands was liberated. Vera was reunited with her mother, who survived in hiding with a false identity as a seamstress and housekeeper. Vera’s father was killed in Auschwitz in February 1943. Most of Vera’s large extended family was murdered in the Holocaust.

use:  1942 March-1945
use: Baarn (Netherlands)
Furnishings and Furniture
Household linens
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vera Waivisz-Reiss
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:28:22
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