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Strongbox and 2 skeleton keys used by a Dutch resistance member

Object | Accession Number: 2004.301.3 a-c

Metal box with keys used by Herman Munichman to store papers during the German occupation of the Netherlands, 1940-1945. Herman, who was not Jewish, lived in Amsterdam with his wife, Hanna, a British and Dutch citizen, and son, Maurits. A member of the Dutch underground, Herman stole from the Germans and then sold the items back to them. He was arrested and tortured, but refused to tell what he had done and insisted that he worked alone. In 1941 or 1942, Herman sent 10 year old Maurits to live in hiding. In spring 1945, Canadian forces liberated Amsterdam. Within a few month, Maurits returned to his parents in Amsterdam.

Date
approximately 1940-1945  (use)
Geography
use : Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Classification
Containers
Category
Metal containers
Object Type
Strongboxes (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 14:24:16
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