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Mezuzah pendant distributed to a young girl at the Bindermichl displaced persons camp

Object | Accession Number: 2005.302.1

Mezuzah pendant given to 10 year-old Anna Blatt in October 1945 in the Bindermichl displaced persons camp near Linz in Austria. It was given to Anna by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, working out of the U.S. Army office in the camp. When Anna first arrived at the camp, she continued to attend church and wear a cross, as she had done for the past 3 years when she and her mother, Ester, had hidden as Christians. She wore the mezuzah pendant as a charm and said later, “That little mezuzah restored my identity.” Anna, her parents, and her three older siblings had been deported from her childhood home in Slomniki, Poland, in 1942 by the Germans. Anna and her mother were imprisoned in the Jewish ghetto in Krakow. They escaped in 1943 and lived in and around Warsaw as Christians under assumed identities until 1945, when they were liberated by the Soviet army. One of her brothers also survived and was reunited with Anna and their mother in Bindermichl.

received:  1945 October
issue: Bindermichl (Displaced persons camp); Bindermichl (Linz, Austria)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Object Type
Mezuzah (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Anna Balaban
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:24:34
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