Chrome Leica II 35mm camera used by a Yugoslav refugee to document his family's life in hiding
1938 January-1938 February (manufacture)
manufacture : Wetzlar (Germany)
Audiovisual and Photographic Materials
- Object Type
Leica camera (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Allan and Lea Kaluzna
Chrome Leica 35mm camera used by Ivo Herlinger while he was living in hiding in Italy from 1941-1944. After Nazi Germany invaded Yugoslavia in June 1941, Ivo and his wife, Elsa, fled Zagreb to avoid internment in a German labor camp. They had to leave their 2 year old daughter, Lea, with an aunt. A few months later, using jewels they had sewn into the lining of their clothes, they paid a student to bring Lea to them in Trieste, Italy. The family spent the next three years hiding under false identities in Rome and other towns in Italy, where Ivo used his camera to document their daily life. When the family emigrated to the United States in October 1950, US customs officials purposely scratched the top of the camera to prevent resale.
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Also in Lea Herlinger Kaluzna family collection
The collection consists of a Leica camera, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of Elsa, Ivo, and Lea Herlinger before the Holocaust in Yugoslavia, during and after the Holocaust in Italy, including the years they lived in hiding, and after their 1950 emigration to the United States.
The Herlinger family papers consist primarily of identification documents for Ivo and Elsa Herlinger, who lived as refugees from the Nazis in Italy during World War II, and later immigrated to the United States. The majority of the documents are items such as identification cards, passports, a birth certificate, and a marriage certificate. Other items of identification include verification of employment for Ivo, and his declaration of intent to the United States.