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Handmade Israeli flag made by a Polish Jewish girl in a DP camp to celebrate statehood

Object | Accession Number: 2006.479.2

Israeli flag made by 15 year old Judith Wagner on November 29, 1947, immediately after hearing the announcement that the United Nations had voted to partition Palestine into 2 separate states. She was living at the displaced persons camp in Wels, Austria, when the news was broadcast over the camp loudspeakers. Judith ran home and made the flag in about 2 hours for use at the ensuing celebratory party. In September 1939, the Soviet Union occupied Judith's town inn Poland. Judith, with her parents and younger sister, were deported, with all other Jews, from Rudnik nad Sanem, Poland, to Soviet territory. When they refused to accept Russian citizenship, they were exiled to Siberia. After 16 months, they were permitted to move to Kazakhstan, where they stayed for the remainder of the war. In 1945, they were repatriated to Poland. After 6 months, the family moved to the Wels camp in Austria. With the aid of an affidavit of sponsorship from Judith's paternal uncle, Avraham, they were able to emigrate to the United States in 1951.

1947 November 29  (creation)
distribution : Wels (Displaced persons camp); Wels (Austria)
Identifying Artifacts
Object Type
Flags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eddie and Judith Weinstein
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:13
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