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HIAS identification tag made for a German Jewish refugee girl

Object | Accession Number: 2003.56.2

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) ID tag issued to 12 year old Susi Hilsenrath in September 1941 for her voyage on the ship, Serpa Pinto, from Lisbon, Portugal, to the United States. It has her name and travel information typed on the front in English and French. Susi, her parents Israel and Annie, and younger brother Joseph lived happily in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, until the Nazi dictatorship took power in 1933. Life got increasingly difficult as Jewish businesses were boycotted and anti-Jewish laws were enacted. During Kristallnacht on November 9-10, their home was vandalized by Nazi supporters. In August 1939, her father paid a woman to take Susi and her 9 year old brother, Joseph, to Paris, France. They stayed briefly with an uncle, then were placed in a children's home. Germany occupied much of France in June 1940 and the children were moved to series of places. In 1941, HIAS workers came to the Chateau des Morelles looking for Susi and Joseph. Their family had escaped to the US and their father had asked HIAS to help him find his children. By September, the children were reunited with their family in New York City.

received:  1941 September
received: Serpa Pinto (Ship); Lisbon (Portugal)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Name tags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Susan Warsinger
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:10:33
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