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Blue and white dress worn by a rescued hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2005.290.2

Blue and white dress worn by Sabina Kagan as a child after she was saved from starvation by a Catholic family in Radziwillow, Poland (Radyvyliv, Ukraine). The dress was made for her by Natalia Roztropowicz from 2 doll's dresses. When Sabina was an infant, her parents, who were Jewish, paid to have her hidden by a Polish family. When her parents were murdered, the family abandoned her because they were no longer being paid. Sabina was discovered by a teenage girl who told the Roztropowicz family about her. Jozef and Natalia, and their three children, Janina, 18, Stanislawa (Stanka), 16, and Andrzej, 13, decided to take in Sabina and raise her as if she were their own. They named her Irena and she was baptized as a Catholic in 1945. In October 1948, the family was experiencing hardship and thought it would be best to turn her over to the Coordinating Committee for Jewish Children in Lodz. She was adopted from their orphanage in 1949 by a Jewish couple, Zigmund and Sonia Goszczewski. They immigrated to Israel and never spoke to Sabina about her past. It was not until 1999 that Sabina discovered that she was adopted, that her biological parents had been killed, and that for six years she had been rescued and cared for by the Roztropowicz family. She met the family in 2000 when she attended the ceremony in Warsaw where Jozef and Natalia were posthumously honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.

Date
1943-1948  (use)
Geography
use : in hiding (Radziwillow, Poland) (historic); Radyvyliv (Ukraine)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Object Type
Child's dress (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Sabina Heller
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:48
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