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German Luftwaffe M1935 helmet

Object | Accession Number: 1988.70.2

Luftwaffe M1935 combat helmet like those used by German paratroopers circa 1939. The origins and use of this helmet are not known. It was acquired by Nina Merrick many years after the war in the United States. Nina was originally from Rotkitno, Poland, where she lived with her parents Yeshua and Masha, and siblings Yitzthak and Chana. Rokitno was occupied by the Soviet Union in September 1939. After Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, Nina's mother was arrested and hanged. Nina and her family were moved to Berisov ghetto (Barysau, Belarus.) In August 1942, Nina escaped to the forest during an SS raid. Shortly after this, the ghetto was surrounded and the inhabitants murdered by German SS and local Ukrainians. While hiding, Nina encountered an uncle and two cousins. They joined the Kopvak partisan group and Nina learned to be a nurse. In February 1943, the partisan commander Kopvak sent Nina to technical school in Moscow, where she remained until the war ended in May 1945. She went to Poland to search for survivors, but found none. Nina then went to Eschwege displaced persons camp in Germany. In February 1947, she for America to join her maternal aunt.

Date
1939  (manufacture)
Geography
found : Columbia (Md.)
manufacture : Berlin (Germany)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Headgear
Object Type
Helmets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Leon and Nina S. Merrick family
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:15
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