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Envelope postmarked Warsaw and New York 1940 saved by a Jewish Lithuanian concentration camp survivor

Object | Accession Number: 1989.124.1

Airmail envelope received by the Jaffe family in New York, relatives of Nesse Galperin Godin. It was postmarked December 1940 and sent from Warsaw in German occupied Poland to New York. In June 1941, Siauliai, Lithuania, where Nesse lived with her closeknit family, was occupied by Nazi Germany. Nesse, her parents Pinchas and Sara, and her brothers, Yechezkel and Menashe were soon forced into the ghetto. When Nesse turned 15 in 1943, she had to report for forced labor. That November, her father was deported to Auschwitz, and gassed upon arrival. In July 1944, the ghetto was emptied. Menashe and his wife escaped and went into hiding. Nesse, Sara, and Yechezkel were sent to Stutthof concentration camp, where they were separated. Her brother was sent to Dachau and Nesse and Sara to different subcamps. Nesse, now prisoner number 54015, was transferred to four slave labor camps. In January 1945, she was transferred via death march. On March 10, she was liberated by Soviet troops. After 6 weeks in hospital, Nesse left for Łódź where she heard that her mother was alive. After searching for several weeks, they were reunited. She married Yaakov Godin, a survivor from Vilna, in August 1945. They learned that both brothers were alive. Nesse and Yaakov, with Sara, settled in Feldafing displaced persons camp. They had two children in 1947 and 1949. With the help of Sara's sister in the US, Lottie Jaffe, they arrived in America in 1950.

postmark:  1940 December 20
postmark:  1940 December 25
postmark:  1940 December 26
postmark: San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.)
postmark: New York (N.Y.)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Nesse Godin, In memory of Pinchas Galperin
Record last modified: 2020-09-24 12:30:37
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