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Striped wool blanket used by Raya Markon during “L’exode” (The Exodus) in France

Object | Accession Number: 1998.41.4

Striped, Moroccan wool blanket used by Raya Markon, during her escape from Paris to the south of France in June 1940, on what became known as "L'exode" (Exodus). Raya used the blanket to cover the broken and exposed springs in the car seat while she traveled. Raya and Alexander were immigrants from Vilna, Poland, who had married in Paris in 1937. When Germany invaded France in May 1940, Raya fled Paris for Toulouse. She was joined by Alexander after his discharge from the French Army following the June surrender of France. The couple applied for US visas and, while they were waiting to receive them, Alain was born on June 23, 1941. They received their visas in 1942, and left for Lisbon, Portugal. They sailed from Lisbon in October 1942, and arrived in America in November.

use:  1940 June
emigration:  1942 October
use: France
Furnishings and Furniture
Household linens
Object Type
Blankets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Genya Markon, In Memory of Alain Markon and of our father Alexander Markon and in Honor of our mother Raya Magid Markon
Record last modified: 2022-12-16 13:11:27
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