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Light pink sleeveless dress worn by a hidden Dutch Jewish infant

Object | Accession Number: 2002.140.15

Embroidered pink holiday dress worn by Vera Reiss while living in hiding in the Netherlands 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. Vera, now 9 months old, was sent to Baarn to live with Hermanus and Huberta Van Pelt, clients of 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 were murdered in the Holocaust.

Date
1942-1945  (use)
Geography
use : Baarn (Netherlands)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Child's dress (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vera Waivisz-Reiss
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Record last modified: 2018-01-31 13:16:27
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