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Khaki canvas knapsack brought to the US by a German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2004.485.6

Canvas knapsack brought by Karl Weiler to the United States when he left Nazi Germany in December 1937. When Karl was at university, he had a collapsible kayak that fit into a knapsack that he used on his frequent excursions into the nearby mountains. Karl lost his position as an assistant judge in March 1933 as the new Nazi government purged the civil service of Jews and passed a law to that effect April 7 with the first Aryan only qualification clause. Karl rejoined the family agricultural firm in Brakel. Anti-Jewish pressures increased and, in May 1936, the firm’s board of directors was forced to sell the business at a loss to a Nazi approved buyer. In December 1937, Karl left for the US. After the war ended in May 1945, he learned that his parents, Fritz and Ella, had been deported to Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp in 1942, then in 1944 to Auschwitz killing center where they were murdered. His sister, Mathilde Fodor, had been deported from Budapest, Hungary, in November 1944 to Lichtenworth concentration camp where she died of starvation. Her husband, Joszi, and their son, Karoly, survived.

1937 December  (emigration)
received : Brakel (Germany)
Object Type
Backpacks (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judy Gartner and Susan Oberfeld
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:50
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