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Bedcover used by a Jewish girl in a displaced persons camp

Object | Accession Number: 2003.193.5

Ruffled bedcover with straps owned by Chana Matlowsky (later Helen Matlow) and used by her daughter, Fruma (later Fran Matlow), as a baby in Eggenfelden displaced persons camp in Germany, from 1948 to 1949. In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland and gave the Soviet Union the eastern half, where Chana, her parents, Aaron and Dwora, her brother, Moshe, and their extended family lived in Zdzieciol (Dziatlava, Belarus). In summer 1941, Germany invaded eastern Poland. In December, Chana’s brother, Moshe, was sent to work in a forced labor camp in Dworzec (Dvarėts (Hrodzenskaia voblasts', Belarus).) In February 1942, German authorities in Zdzieciol ordered all Jews to move into a partially enclosed ghetto. Chana’s father was killed by the authorities, likely during a selection. In August, Chana and her mother, Dwora, were sent to Dworzec, as forced laborers. In December, Chana, Dwora, and Moshe escaped and hid in the nearby Lipichanski forest, which served as a base of operations for several groups of Jewish partisans. In August 1944, Chana, Dwora, and Moshe returned to Zdzieciol after being liberated by the Soviet Army. Dwora married Hersh Haidukowski, a survivor from Zdzieciol, and in 1945, Chana married Josef Matlowsky (later Joseph Matlow), a survivor from Lida, Poland (Belarus). On January 22, 1948, Fruma, was born to Chana and Josef Matlowsky, while they were living at Eggenfelden DP camp. In 1949, the family immigrated to the United States. Helen’s maternal grandparents, aunt, and cousin are presumed to have perished during the Holocaust.

use:  1948 January-1949 May
use: Eggenfelden (Displaced persons camp); Eggenfelden (Germany)
Furnishings and Furniture
Household linens
Object Type
Blankets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Helen and Joseph Matlow
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:28:30
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