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Hand sewn green skirt and matching jacket saved from Berlin and worn by a Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2003.432.2 a-b

Dark green skirt suit worn by Anna Zajac that was being made by her mother Dora when she died of tuberculosis on January 5, 1938, in Berlin, Germany. Anna retrieved it after her mother's funeral and her sister Lydia finished the hem. She also had it altered to fit her better and wore it on Yom Kippur for the next several years. Anna, her parents Dora and Wolf, and 9 siblings were living in Berlin when, in 1933, the Nazi regime came to power. In 1935, her father, a tailor, was deported to his native Poland by the government in its efforts to cleanse Germany of Jews. In 1936, the children, except for the two eldest boys, Felix and Samuel, were sent to children's homes because their mother was too ill to care for them. Anna, age 11, and four siblings were sent to the Ahawah children's home. In December 1938, they were sent on the second Kinderstransport to Great Britain. Her sister Lydia arrived in London in 1939 and the youngest children, twins Hella and Herman, were sent to Sweden. Felix and Samuel were deported to Poland but escaped to Palestine by 1940. Her father presumably perished in the Lublin ghetto. Anna emigrated to the United States in February 1948, and was soon joined by several of her siblings, all of whom survived the war.

Date
1937  (creation)
Geography
creation : Berlin (Germany)
use : London (England)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Category
Women's clothing
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Anna Leist
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:05:11
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