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Red checked dress with smocking made for a young Jewish girl who escaped Germany on the Kindertransport

Object | Accession Number: 2003.200.1

Red checked dress with smocking made for Esther Rosenfeld by her maternal aunt Friederika Lemberger in Aachen, Germany. Esther, age 2, was sent on a June 1939 Kindertransport [Children's Transport] from Germany to Great Britain. Her older sisters, Bertl, Edith, and Ruth, had gone in March. See 2012.451 for two pairs of boots also brought on her journey. Esther was placed with Dorothy and Harry Harrison and their son Alan in Norwich. Hitler's assumption of power in 1933 resulted in increasingly harsh persecution of the Jewish populace in Germany. Esther's extended family got affidavits of support from relatives in the US, but because of the strict US quotas, they could not get visas. Esther had a maternal aunt Hannah (Johanna) who had worked in England since 1933 and she found people willing to give the sisters homes. Esther lived with the Harrison's until 1947 when she went to America with her sisters. Friederika died in 1941 of tuberculosis. Esther's parents Adolf and Katty were murdered in Auschwitz concentration camp.

Date
1939  (received)
Geography
creation : Aachen (Germany)
use : Norwich (England)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Child's dress (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Rosenfeld Starobin
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:05
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