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Handmade blue pleated skirt made by a German Jewish woman for postwar emigration

Object | Accession Number: 2002.223.1

Blue skirt made by Gertrud Koh Isaacsohn in preparation for her attempted prewar emigration to the United States with her husband Julius and daughter Dorit. By the late 1930s, Getrud, a dressmaker, and her husband Julius, a clothing designer, and owner of his own dressmaking/tailoring business, had lost their livelihood because of the anti-Semitic policies of the Nazi regime. They sent their daughter Dorit, age 6, to Brussels on a Kindertransport in 1939. Germany invaded Belgium in May 1940 and Dorit was returned to her parents in Berlin in 1941. On February 27, 1943, the family had to separate to go into hiding. Dorit stayed with a family friend, a cousin, and her father Julius in Berlin. In fall 1943, Dorit left Berlin to live with her mother at a farm in Wilkersdorf. Shortly after, Julius was betrayed by his nephew Rolf and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau on October 23, 1943, where he was killed. Dorit and her mother traveled around eastern Germany until January 1945, when they were liberated by Soviet forces in Wilkersdorf. Gertrud and Dorit left for America in November 1949.

Date
1937-1938  (creation)
Geography
creation : Berlin (Germany)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Category
Women's clothing
Object Type
Skirts (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dorothy Isaacsohn
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Record last modified: 2018-04-17 12:29:29
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