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Ivory colored leather purse saved with a hidden Dutch Jewish infant

Object | Accession Number: 2002.140.16

Offwhite leather handbag saved with Vera Reiss, who as an infant was placed in hiding 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.

use:  1942-1945
use: Baarn (Netherlands)
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Handbags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Vera Waivisz-Reiss
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:15:30
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