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Gold cross pendant worn by a Jewish child or his mother in hiding as Catholics

Object | Accession Number: 2002.420.24

Gold cross pendant worn by 4 year old Charly Weingarten or his mother Margarethe when they lived in hiding under assumed identities as Catholics in Nice from 1943-1944. Charles was born in 1941 in Italian occupied Nice not long after his mother Margarethe's release from Gurs internment camp. She was a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who had resided primarily in France since the early 1930s. In 1943, the Germans, who had occupied northern France since May 1940, assumed control of much of southern France. Margarethe went into hiding with Charly under assumed identities as Catholics. They lived in poverty on the grounds of an estate and Charly suffered from chronic bronchitis and severe malnutrition. Nice was liberated by American troops in August 1944. After the war ended in May 1945, Charly was sent to a children's home in Switzerland to recuperate.

Date
1943-1944  (use)
Geography
use : in hiding; Nice (France)
Classification
Jewelry
Category
Necklaces
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles Albert Weingarten
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:29
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