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Embroidered tea cozy used by Austrian Jewish refugees to store family correspondence

Object | Accession Number: 2006.417.2

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.

Date
1939-1945  (use)
Geography
use : Belgium
Classification
Furnishings and Furniture
Category
Household linens
Object Type
Tea cozies (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Bruno Goldstein and Jack Goldstein
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:02
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