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Chrome Leica II 35mm camera used by a Yugoslav refugee to document his family's life in hiding

Object | Accession Number: 2005.331.2

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.

1940-1950  (use)
1938 January-1938 February  (manufacture)
use : Rome (Italy)
manufacture : Wetzlar (Germany)
Object Type
Leica camera (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Allan and Lea Kaluzna
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:30
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