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Imitation leather hatbox used postwar by a young German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2003.242.4

Large, brown imitation leather hatbox used by 16 year old Dorit Isaacsohn and her mother Gertrud during their November 1949 emigration from Berlin, Germany, to the United States. By the late 1930’s, Dorit’s parents had lost their livelihood because of the anti-Semitic policies of the Nazi regime. Dorit, age 6, was sent to Brussels on a Kindertransport in 1939. Germany invaded Belgium in May 1940 and Dorit was returned to her parents in Berlin in 1941. On February 27, 1943, Dorit and her family had to separate to go into hiding. Dorit stayed with a family friend, a cousin, and her father Julius in Berlin. In fall 1943, Dorit left Berlin to live with her mother at a farm in Wilkersdorf. Shortly after, her father was betrayed by his nephew Rolf and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau on October 23, where he was killed. Dorit and her mother traveled around eastern Germany until January 1945, when they were liberated by Soviet forces in Wilkersdorf.

use:  1949 November
received: Berlin (Germany)
manufacture: Germany
Object Type
Hatboxes (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dorit Isaacsohn
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:28:34
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