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Rosh Hashanah card with a photo of an Italian seaport received by newlyweds in Neu Freimann dp camp

Object | Accession Number: 2003.174.6

New Year's card received by Ber and Mirka Miklin in 1946 while they were living in Neu Freimann displaced persons camp in Germany. The card is from Mirka's sister Syma and her husband Heniek Gutsztejn and has an image of the seaside village, S. Maria di Bagni. Sima and Heniek, both concnetration camp survivors, had met and married in Janaury 1946 in a DP camp in Italy. Ber and Mirka met and married in the DP camp on September 14, 1946. Rosh Hashanah was on September 26. Ber and his family lived in Latvia which was annexed by the Soviet Union in June 1940. After the German invasion of Latvia in June 1941, Ber and his family were imprisoned in the Jewish ghetto in Riga. In summer 1943, his father Motel and two married sisters, Lena and Zippora, were sent to nearby Kaiserwald concentration camp and killed. Ber and his brothers Philip and Dawid were sent to Stuffhof where his brothers perished. Ber was transferred to Burggraben and then Lauenburg subcamp. He escaped when it was evacuated in January 1945 by death march. The war ended in May 1945 and Ber left Soviet controlled Warsaw for Germany. He settled in Neu Freimann displaced persons camp where he married 20 year old Mirka Kestenberg in September 1946. Mirka was deported from Nowa Slupia, Poland, to Starochowice labor camp with her two sisters in October 1942. In December 1944, she was transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. In February 1945, she escaped during a train transport to Mauthausen. Both her sisters survived, but the rest of her family were killed in Auschwitz and Treblinka. Ber, Mirka, and their two year old son left for America in November 1949.

received:  1946 September
received: Neu Freimann (Displaced persons camp); Neufreimann (Munich, Germany)
Information Forms
Greeting cards
Object Type
New Year cards (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marian Miklin
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:16:00
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