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Blue felt hat worn by a German Jewish girl on the Kindertransport

Object | Accession Number: 2003.215.1

Blue felt hat worn by 11 year old Lilly Cohn when her parents, Margarete and Ernst, sent her from Halberstadt, Germany, to Rochdale, England, in July 1939, on the Kindertransport [Children’s Transport]. Lilly wears the hat in photographs in the collection taken with her parents and older brother Werner at the train station. During the Kristallnacht pogrom on November 9-10, 1938, Lilly’s father Ernst was arrested and send to Buchenwald concentration camp. He was released after 5 weeks and the family began preparing to leave. Lilly and Werner were registered for the Kindertransport. In July, the Allen family agreed to foster Lilly and she left for England. On September 2, Werner arrived, but lived separately. In June 1942, Lilly got her last letter from her parents, written in April, telling her that they were being deported to Poland. The war ended in May 1945. Lilly and Werner later learned that their parents perished in the Warsaw ghetto.

Date
1939  (use)
Geography
received : Halberstadt (Germany)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Headgear
Object Type
Hats (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lillyan Rosenberg
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:04
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