Embroidered tea cozy used by Austrian Jewish refugees to store family correspondence
Furnishings and Furniture
- Object Type
Tea cozies (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Bruno Goldstein and Jack Goldstein
Tea cozy used in Belgium by Regina Goldstein, the mother of twin boys, Bruno and Jack, to store correspondence and documents written by Goldstein family members in Debica and Opole, Poland, who were unable to escape their German occupied country. Most of them did not survive the Holocaust. Bruno and Jack were 6 years old at the time and used some of the letters for drawing paper. Their family fled Austria in 1939. Their father was deported to Gurs internment camp after the German occupation of Belgium in May 1940. The family avoided deportation in 1942,but at the end of 1942, their mother contacted Pere Bruno Reynders, a Catholic priest, to place the boys in hiding. They were given new names and identity papers and driven, covered in blankets, to Convent Saint Jan Berchmans. Shortly before the war ended, Jack became ill and their mother took both boys home and hid them with her. The family survived the war and emigrated to the United States in 1949.
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Also in Goldstein family collection
The Goldstein family letters contain correspondence addressed to the Goldstein family, primarily while they were living in Brussels, Belgium. The letters are mainly from Regina’s family living in Debica, Poland, including her parents Josef and Cilli Suessmann and her brother Moritz, among others. Several letters are from Opole, Poland. Two letters are written from Jack while he was away at Maaseik. Also included are some letters from the Jewish Committee in Lublin, and translations for many of the letters.