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Pencil portrait of his father brought to the US by a Jewish refugee from Vienna

Object | Accession Number: 2004.704.2

Portrait of his father, Salomon, brought with David Mentkewicz, when he, his wife Regina, and their sons, 7 year old Edgar and 4 year old Robert, left Nazi ruled Austria for the United States in September 1938. Germany annexed Austria on March 12, 1938, and enacted anti-Jewish policies stripping Jews of their rights. The Mentkewicz family capmaking business declined and they barely made enough to buy food. Regina was able to obtain visas and permissions to leave with the help of her family, many already in the US. Salomon and his wife Frieda were too elderly to leave. David and his family left in September 1938, and settled in New York. Many years later, they learned that soon after their departure, Salomon was hospitalized until his death in early 1939. Frieda was deported by the Germans to Łódź Ghetto in Poland in approximately 1941-1942, and then transported to Chelmno killing center in 1942.

Artwork Title
Portrait of Salomon Mentkewicz
creation:  1929 April
creation: Vienna (Austria)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Robert Mentken
Record last modified: 2021-03-09 09:12:51
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