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Large flat top trunk monogrammed SB used by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2004.321.3

Large trunk used by Sophie Bernhard when she left Berlin, Germany, for Havana, Cuba, in March 1939. Due to German emigration laws, Sophie and her husband, Hans, were only allowed to bring one suitcase per person. In November 1938, Hans was notified by the German government that he would no longer be able to operate his wholesale textile business because he was Jewish. Hans and Sophie sailed from Hamburg on the MS Orinoco on March 28, 1939. The Orinoco was the last ship allowed to unload refugee passengers from Europe in Havana. In March 1940, Hans and Sophie emigrated to the United States.

Date
1939 March 28  (emigration)
Geography
en route : MS Orinoco (Ship); Havana (Cuba)
Classification
Containers
Category
Luggage
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Henry Bernhard
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:15
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