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Upright wardrobe trunk used by a German Jewish family during their postwar emigration

Object | Accession Number: 2002.416.2 a-b

Large, domed wardrobe trunk with drawers used by Alice Robinson's family for their voyage from Zeilsheim displaced persons camp in Germany to America in October 1948. The family bought the trunk and two others second-hand just prior to their journey. During the voyage, Alice, 3.5 years, and her brother Joseph, 1.5, were napping on the trunks when customs agent arrived. The agents passed them without inspection, rather than disturb the children. Soon after Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Alice's parents, Ephraim and Sarah, fled to Soviet territory. A daughter Fay was born in 1941 in Odessa. They were in Uzbekistan when the war ended there in 1944. They relocated to Bessarabia, where Alice was born in 1945. They then snuck over the border to Poland, and, in October 1945, were sent to Zeilsheim, aided by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Joseph was born in Zeilsheim in 1946. The family got passage on the SS General Black, the first immigrant transport permitted by the US Displaced Persons Act, and arrived in the US on October 30, 1948.

emigration:  1948 October 21
received: Zeilsheim (Displaced persons camp); Zeilsheim (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alice Robinson Lev
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:16:01
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