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Brooch with a cut-out design of the fence and Jewish quarters sign made in Lodz Ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2007.45.2

Elaborate cutout metal brooch with Lodz Ghetto bridge that was made in the Ghetto and recovered there by Malwina (Inka) Gerson and her parents, Dora and Gustav. After the German occupation of Poland in 1939, Inka, 11, and her family were forced into the Jewish ghetto in Lodz. All ghetto inhabitants over the age of 10 had to work and Inka worked in a hat-making workshop. The Germans destroyed the ghetto in July 1944 and deported the remaining residents to concentration camps or killing centers. Inka's family was part of the work detail kept to clean up and salvage materials and to dig mass graves. The Allen family avoided the subsequent deportations to concentration camps and were still living in the ghetto when the city was liberated by the Soviet Army in early 1945. The family left Poland for Bolivia in 1945.

Date
1943  (creation)
1944 July-1945 January  (found)
Geography
manufacture : Litzmannstadt-Getto (Lodz ghetto) historic; Lodz (Poland)
found : Litzmannstadt-Getto (Lodz ghetto) (historic); Lodz (Poland)
Language
German
Classification
Jewelry
Category
Pins (Jewelry)
Object Type
Brooches (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Malwina "Inka" Gerson Allen
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:43
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