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Floral patterned crocheted doily given to a Jewish Hungarian woman by a friend

Object | Accession Number: 2003.113.1

White crocheted doily made for Berta Weisz by a friend in her home town, Nyzhni Vorota (in Yiddish, Veretski), Czechoslovakia (now Ukraine), which was annexed by Hungary in May 1939. In August 1941, Berta, 22, her husband Samuel, their infant son Moshe Tomas, and her brother Jonas were expelled because they were Jewish. They were sent to the Kamenez-Podolsk ghetto. They escaped and fled to Budapest. On February 24, 1943, Berta’s husband and brother were shot by the Hungarian Gestapo in Hidegseg, Hungary. Berta, who was pregnant, had false papers as a Christian and returned to her mother Regina in Veretski. On March 21, 1943, Berta had a son, Istvan Itzchak. She left Istvan with her mother and went into hiding with Moshe, 2. They were saved by a Christian woman who did not know they were Jewish. Berta’s mother and infant son were deported to Auschwitz and killed in May 1944. After the war ended, Berta, with Moshe, eventually immigrated to Israel.

creation: Nyzhni Vorota (Ukraine)
Decorative Arts
Object Type
Doilies (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Berta Akkerman
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:12:46
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