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Upright domed traveling wardrobe trunk used by an Austrian Jewish family

Object | Accession Number: 2004.628.2

Trunk used by Fanny and Isidor Bieder and their daughters, 14 year old Frieda and 10 year old Gertrude, when they were forced to leave Vienna, Austria in January 1939. They shipped it to Haifa, Palestine, from Vienna in 1939 and used it when they eventually emigrated to the United States. It was purchased by them in 1933 for a cruise to Italy and Haifa, Palestine. After the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in March 1938, anti-Jewish laws were passed and Jews were targeted for persecution. Germans raided the family’s apartment, taking most of their valuables, and a little later, Isidor’s business was confiscated. During the November Kristallnacht pogrom, Isidor was arrested and beaten. As a condition of Isidor’s release from prison, he agreed to leave Austria with his family. They received their exit permits on January 16, 1939, and left for Haifa. After nearly a year, they sailed from there to Greece, then the United States, and arrived in New York City on December 18, 1939.

received:  1933
emigration:  1939 January
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gertrude Bieder Meisner and the Estate of Gertrude Bieder Meisner
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:17:43
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