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Leica IIIa camera and brown leather case owned by a German Jewish refugee to Cuba

Object | Accession Number: 2004.321.4 a-b

Leica IIIa camera and brown leather cased purchased by Hans Bernhard in Berlin, Germany, prior to his emigration to Havana, Cuba, in March 1939. Hans purchased the camera with the intention to sell it if he ran short of funds, as there were strict limits on the amount of money Jews could take out of Germany. In November 1938, Hans was notified by the Nazi government that he would no longer be able to operate his textile wholesale business because he was Jewish. Hans and his wife, Sophie, sailed on the MS Orinoco from Hamburg 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.

emigration:  1939 March 28
manufacture:  1935-1939
received: Berlin (Germany)
manufacture: Wetzlar (Germany)
Object Type
Leica camera (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Henry Bernhard
Record last modified: 2022-08-22 16:16:01
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