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Black Vulcanfiber suitcase used by a Dutch Jewish family while in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2004.301.2

Small black suitcase used by 8 year old Elisabeth Blind and her mother, Schoontje Visser, when they lived in hiding in Amsterdam from approximately 1941-1945. The Netherlands was occupied by Germany on May 10, 1940. Schoontje obtained false identification papers and, with the help of Willem Schalbroeck, a resistance member, she and Elisabeth hid in various locations. The suitcase was always packed in case they had to go to a cellar during bombing raids. In May 1945, Amsterdam was liberated by Canadian forces. Schoontje’s entire family was killed in Auschwitz death camp.

Date
approximately 1941-1945  (use)
Geography
use : in hiding; Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Language
Dutch
English
German
Classification
Containers
Category
Luggage
Object Type
Suitcases (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elisabeth and Maurits Munichman
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:45
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