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Silver purse with an engraved butterfly and a chain strap used by a hidden child

Object | Accession Number: 2007.42.1

Silver purse decorated with a butterfly given to Elzbieta Lusthaus by her maternal grandmother, Sophie Lieberman Schiff, before they were moved into the ghetto in Tarnow in German-occupied Poland in 1941. The purse had been owned by her grandmother for many years. Elzbieta kept it always with her while in hiding, with the silver mesh coin purse, 2007.42.2. On June 11, 1942, the Germans came to the house searching for Jews to deport to the concentration camps. Four year old Elizabeth hid, but her grandmother was taken by the Germans and shipped to Belzec extermination camp, where she was killed. Elzbieta and her mother, Helena, fled Tarnow and survived the war under false identities as Polish Catholics, sheltered by a Catholic family in Milanowek.

1941  (received)
approximately 1920  (creation)
received : Tarnow ghetto; Tarnow (Wojewodztwo Malopolskie, Poland)
use : in hiding; Milanowek (Poland)
creation : Germany
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Handbags (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elizabeth Lusthaus Strassburger
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:53
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