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Sewing box with accessories carried by a Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2003.454.22 a-ap

Travel sewing kit with 19 items, such as a thimble, snaps, needles, and thread bought for 11 year old Lilli (Karoline) Schischa to take on the Kindertransport from Austria to Great Britain on July 13, 1939. In March 1938, Nazi Germany marched into Austria and made it part of the Third Reich. Jewish persecution. The clothing store owned by Lilli's parents, Wilhelm and Johanna, in Wiener Neustadt was seized. Lilli's brother, Edi, age 24, left for Palestine in October 1938. Her father was arrested during the Kristallnacht pogrom that November, but released after ten days. Her parents were able to get Lilli out of the country, but in February 1941, they were deported to the ghetto in Opole, Poland. They perished in the ghetto or in Sobibor death camp. Lilli returned to Vienna ca. 1947.

emigration:  1939 July 13
received: Wiener Neustadt (Austria)
Tools and Equipment
Object Type
Sewing boxes (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lilli Schischa Tauber
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:25:21
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