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Blue leather billfold used by a Latvian Jewish refugee and aid worker from Nazi Germany

Object | Accession Number: 2005.379.6

Dark blue leather wallet used by Michel Schadur (later Shadur) in Belgium, France, and Germany during and after the Holocaust. Michel left Germany in 1935 because the Nazi government's anti-Jewish policies were making it dangerous to live there. His wife, Manja, their 2 children, 8 year old Joseph and 4 year old Benita, and his mother joined him in Antwerp, Belgium, in January 1936. After the Germans occupied Belgium in May 1940, the family was forced to flee once more. Traveling by private car, they eventually made their way to Lisbon, Portugal. They sailed for New York on board the SS Exeter on February 21, 1941. In the immediate postwar period, 1945-1947, Michel worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in Germany as a supply officer for the Wurttemberg district and as the director of a displaced persons camp for Jewish refugees.

use:  1945-1947
emigration:  1941 February 21
en route: United States
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Billfolds (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joseph Shadur
Record last modified: 2023-08-23 13:46:50
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